CORONAVIRUS WATCH 63
A Call To Reason
By Babafemi Ojudu
In light of the situation in South Korea where scores of worshipers who gathered at a religious event contracted the CORONAVIRUS, will it be wise for any religious organization in Nigeria to gather thousands of people at a location now.? Our religious leaders should ponder on this. Holy Ghost nights, night vigils and their equivalents in other religious movements going by the experience of South Korea ought to be suspended for now.
It has been reported that 60 percent of the more than 4000 cases in South Korea were contracted at a religious gathering. So far 28 deaths have been recorded. The leader of the religious group that gathered people has been sanctioned and has made national apology. The spike in the Korea case has become a national problem and airlines are canceling flights to the country. The situation has not only health but also economic implications. It is also capable of destabilizing a nation if not well handled.
Iran has found itself in a mess and watchers are predicting that the spike of the virus in the nation may lead to implosion. Russia , France and a number of other countries are rushing in medical aids.
To be forewarned is to be forearmed.
Religious and pilgrimages sites are shutting down in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and even Isreal.
In Japan stadia are reporting zero attendance. Competitions not yet suspended are not recording attendance by sports enthusiasts . Many museums in Europe are closing down and governments are advising against or banning gatherings of people up to a thousand.
Nigeria has done so well so far in managing this virus. It will be calamitous if people gather in several thousands are infected by this virus. Therefore leaders of religious organizations looking to mega events this coming weekend should advise themselves against it. If they failed to government should wield the big stick. We owe our citizens this.
Managing a situation of mass breakout is going to put a lot of pressure on our health system and facilities and it may get out of hand and become unmanageable.