NEWS CORONAVIRUS:PLATEAU BLOGGERS & ONLINE MEDIA ADVISE CITIZENS TO ADHERE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING,BACK LALONG’S MEASURES TO FIGHT COVID19 By Patience Terkura - March 25, 2020 0 155 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Plateau Bloggers/Online Media Advise Citizens to Adhere to Preventive Measures, Backs Gov. Lalong’s Measures to Fight Covid-19 Rising from an emergency meeting,The Plateau Bloggers & Online Media Group are advising all Plateau citizens to obey the make-shift arrangements by constituted authorities to ensure that the spread of Covid-19 does not escalate to Plateau State. The professional body saddled with the responsibility of regulating activities of Bloggers and Online Media Practitioners in Plateau State are supporting and encouraging Plateau State Government efforts in its steps thus far on Safety and Preventive Measures to Forestall Spread of Covid-19. The Bloggers and Online Media Moguls are partnering with the Government in areas of sensitizing and informing the citizens on social media on factual, accurate and reliable information regarding the pandemic in the State. Comrade Friday Bako, Chairman of the professional body advised against fake news and panic articles being circulated on the social media space; “This is the time for all of us to stop panicking and stop spreading fake news and unconfirmed reports on the social media space, we have contact with relevant authorities saddled with responsibility of updating citizens on Corona Virus and we as professional bloggers and online media practitioners are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that people are well informed about cases with accurate data and spontaneous feedbacks towards ensuring this fight against the dreaded Virus is a collective one to ensure success”. He stated. The group is also monitoring complaints online and tracking down fake news with efforts to correct same within the blogging/online community. Governor Simon Bako Lalong addressed citizens of Plateau in a statewide broadcast on Tuesday 24 March, 2020 on the covid-19 pandemic highlighting measures to combat it on the Plateau. “The Governor and government of Plateau State is directing all markets to close effective 25th March 2020. Only traders selling food items, pharmaceuticals and cooking gas are to remain open. In addition, all street trading, street hawking, and begging are prohibited. The weekly Sunday markets at Ahmadu Bello Way, Bukuru and environs are hereby banned. Social joints, Nightclubs, drinking parlours are to also close effective Wednesday 25th March 2020, while restaurants are advised to prepare take away for their customers to avoid crowding.” Coronavirus is real, it exist, has no cure for now, it does not discriminate, it is lethal and extremely contagious. Spread the message not the virus. Stay safe and ensure you adhere strictly to the preventive and precautionary measures put in places by Health Experts.