Coronavirus: Osun signs Infectious disease regulation 2020


The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, on Thursday signed the Osun Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020, as part of efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The legislation gives legal backing to the sit-at-home order of the government, to check the spread of the virus.

It prescribes six months’ imprisonment or a fine for anyone who violates the sit-at-home order, according to a statement on Thursday.

The regulation also stated that anyone who peddles fake news as regards COVID-19 risks being jailed for six months or fined.

Oyetola said he signed the legislation in exercise of the powers conferred on him by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and the relevant provisions of the State of Osun Public Health Law.

“Under the law, transmission or dissemination of false information regarding COVID-19 is also an offence and attracts the same punishment, just as the promotion of unverified, untested, or unapproved cures, vaccines or other similar items that purport to cure, alleviate or reduce instances of persons infected with COVID-19, also constitute an offence and offenders, upon conviction, will be liable to six-month imprisonment or an option of fine,” the statement said.

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