English Premier League : Football viewing centres in Kwara remain closed- Kwara govt says

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(Ilorin)

Kwara State Government has maintained that football viewing centres in the state cannot operate for now even as English Premier League commences on Wednesday, in order not to open window for widespread transmission of the Coronavirus among viewers.

Duaglobalnews reports that government stance came on Tuesday on the heels of the new 17 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of confirmed cases in the state to 168.

The online publication gathered that state has also discharged five patients who had twice tested negative to the virus, thus bringing the number of patients managed and discharged to 100.

“The state government is aware that the English Premier League commences Wednesday, June 17th.

” This is to state clearly that viewing centres are not allowed to open under any guise during this pandemic.

“Doing so will actively promote the spread of the virus, endanger people’s lives, and further stretch public resources to the limit,” Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and spokesman of the Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19, said in a statement.

“The government fully appreciates and apologises for the inconveniences this restriction means for some businesses and football enthusiasts.

” However, it has a duty to ensure that lives are protected. This cannot be compromised.

“Government similarly warns against mass gatherings (crowded weddings/clubbing/partying) of any kind at this time. Violators shall come under the full weight of the Kwara State Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020.

“Government,meanwhile, has directed that all motorcycles and other items seized during the lockdown be released to their owners without any precondition.

“We commend the security agencies for their good work during and after the lockdown. They did and are still doing a great job, and the government is grateful to them.

“The seizure of motorcycles and other items at that time was a lawful way of enforcing compliance with safety measures,he said.

Government said it directed immediate and unconditional release of those motorcycles and other items to their owners so as not to worsen the socioeconomic hardships that the pandemic had imposed at global, national, state, and individual levels.

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