Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Lagos warns residents against second wave of covid-19

The Lagos State government has called on residents to adhere strictly to precautionary measures against the transmission of covid-19 to prevent a recurrence of the situation that led to the lockdown of the economy.

The Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi, who gave the warning on Tuesday stated that a resurgence of cases in Lagos may lead to the reversal of the strategically calculated measures put in place by the government to open up the economy.

On efforts being made by the government to sustain the gains that have been recorded so far, he noted that many countries and cities were experiencing a second and third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic with a resultant spike in the number of cases and fatalities.

Abayomi said many of the affected countries have found it necessary to impose a second lockdown and restriction of movements, which have significant socio-economic and security consequences.

“The first case of COVID-19 in Nigeria was recorded in Lagos on the 27th of February 2020. Lagos has since become the epicentre of the outbreak in Nigeria with a record of 21,107 confirmed cases and 212 deaths from the virus till date,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, the spokesperson for the ministry.

He added, “The containment measures put in place at the time included COVID-19 testing, isolation and treatment, surveillance, total shutdown of the state for about 12 weeks and a partial shutdown of social, economic and academic activities for over four months.”

The commissioner warned that the continuous flagrant disregard of safety guidelines by citizens may lead to the second wave of new infections in Lagos.

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