Why Gov. Sanwo-Olu called off planned reopening of churches, mosques

The Lags State Government has cancelled the planned reopening of churches and mosques in the state because of the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made the announcement on Tuesday at a televised press briefing.

The governor had on Thursday, June 4 asked mosques to reopen from June 19, adding that churches can begin services from June 21.

The governor explained that the reopening was cancelled because of the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the state.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Lagos has recorded no fewer than 7,319 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of these, 1,137 are considered recovered while 82 are dead.

While making the announcement, the governor said the suspension of the reopening of worship centres is “indefinite”.

The governor also said social and events centers, and social clubs, will also remain closed in the state.

He said, “As at midnight yesterday, June 15, 2020, Lagos State had recorded a total of 7,319 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Of this number, 1,137 have fully recovered and been discharged, while 82 have sadly died, leaving 6,100 active cases under management in the State.

“Our dear state, therefore, continues to be the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, with about 44 per cent of the total number of confirmed cases nationwide.

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