The Osun State House of Assembly also revealed that the use of face mask is compulsory for workers of the House of Assembly.
According to the speaker, Hon Timothy Owoeye, wearing a face mask helps to curb the spread of coronavirus and this will prevent those who unknowingly have the virus from transmitting it to others.
He added that this move is compulsory to safeguard the state parliamentarians who have resumed full legislative activities with essential staffs after the lockdown.
His words, “As we are all aware that the assembly has resumed fully for legislative activities with very few senior cadres of workers in spite of the ravaging coronavirus, this was borne out of the need to support the government in the fight against the pandemic.
“The lead agenda of the 7th assembly is quality legislation that will impact the lives of Osun people, in other to assuage the fear of people contracting the virus while we resumed, it has become imperative that everyone coming to the assembly must wear a face mask. It is going to be, “No face mask, no entry”.
“It is the resolution of the assembly that if everybody wears a face mask, we will be mutually protecting each other. Wearing a face covering is just one additional step that we can take to stop the spread of the virus, but it is not a replacement for other important protective measures, such as washing hands and social distancing”.
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Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections that can be mild, such as some cases of the common cold (among other possible causes, predominantly rhinoviruses), and others that can be lethal, such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. Symptoms in other species vary: in chickens, they cause an upper respiratory tract disease, while in cows and pigs they cause diarrhea. There are yet to be vaccines or antiviral drugs to prevent or treat human coronavirus infections.
Coronaviruses constitute the subfamily Orthocoronavirinae, in the family Coronaviridae, order Nidovirales, and realm Riboviria. They are enveloped viruses with a positive-sense single-stranded RNA genome and a nucleocapsid of helical symmetry. The genome size of coronaviruses ranges from approximately 27 to 34 kilobases, the largest among known RNA viruses. The name coronavirus is derived from the Latin corona, meaning “crown” or “halo”, which refers to the characteristic appearance reminiscent of a crown or a solar corona around the virions (virus particles) when viewed under two-dimensional transmission electron microscopy, due to the surface covering in club-shaped protein spikes.
Human coronaviruses were first discovered in the late 1960s. The earliest ones discovered were an infectious bronchitis virus in chickens and two in human patients with the common cold (later named human coronavirus 229E and human coronavirus OC43). Other members of this family have since been identified, including SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in 2004, HKU1 in 2005, MERS-CoV in 2012, and SARS-CoV-2 (formerly known as 2019-nCoV) in 2019. Most of these have involved serious respiratory tract infections.
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