Coronavirus: Residents Rush for Panic Buying, Cash Withdrawal

-As Lockdown Commences Tomorrow

Aishat Yusuff

Residents of Osun shunned the advice for social distancing on Monday, as they rushed to banks for withdrawal and markets for panic buying to prepare for total lockdown over the spread of Coronavirus.

Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the state has on Sunday announced a total lockdown of the state for 14 days in the first instance, starting from mid-night of Tuesday, to prevent the spread of the virus.

The Flash New correspondent during visits to banks observed long queues of customers outside the banking halls, as large number of people were not allowed inside the halls.

On the queues, the customers were sigted disregarding the social distancing order, and rushing to make transactions, particularly on ATMs.

Some of the banks visited were, First Bank at Alekuwodo and Coca Cola areas, Zenith Bank at Oke Fia and Fakunle areas, Omoluabi Bank at Old Governor’s office, Polaris Bank at Alekuwodo area and Eco Bank at Onward area among others.

Also, commercial places like markets, shopping complexes, gas stations, among others recorded surge in buyers, regardless of social distancing advice.

One of the customers who spoke on condition of anonymity said, the surge of customers in banks and commercial places were expected, saying residents would have to prepare for the 14-day stay-at-home order.

Noting that though the order is in the best interest of the people, but the government should have gone further by giving people relief materials no matter how small to reduce the difficulties that people might be facing within the period.

“The truth is, there are people who can not feed themselves without going out in a day, which means those in this category will face more difficulties in this period.

“Government should do something for these sets of people, or else, the directive might be violated by many and at the end be counter productive”.

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