Governor Ben Ayade Says ‘You Don’t Need Social Distancing Once You Put On A Mask’

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The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has said there is no need to observe social distancing in preventing coronavirus, once citizens wear face masks in public.

Ayade made this submission while addressing some residents of Calabar, the state capital on Tuesday, at the Peregrino Lodge (Governor’s official residence).


With his new finding, Ayade, selected commissioners and other appointees in the state as enforcers of the new order – which permits all residents to freely move around as long as they wear face masks.

However, some Nigerians have reacted to the orders slamming the Governor’s preaching against social distancing.Others also noted that it’s clearly in contrast to the official recommendation of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

As at the time of filing this report, coronavirus has infected  over 1.5 million globally and killed over 88,000 persons, according to WorldometerOf the 17 states with confirmed cases of the virus in Nigeria, Cross River is yet to record a single case.

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