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The State Government has said that the Chinese citizen who presented at the Reddington Hospital, Ikeja, and suspected to have Coronavirus has tested negative to the infection.

Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, in a statement Thursday, noted that the likelihood of COVID-19 infection in this particular patient was very low and the conclusion of investigations and sophisticated testing confirms that there is no case of Coronavirus in Lagos State as of now.

“I would like to reassure Lagosians that our vigilance levels are very high and we are putting more measures in place to safeguard the State”, he said.

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While giving details of the investigation, Abayomi explained that the Ministry of Health’s attention was drawn to a suspected case of Coronavirus at Reddington Hospital, a private health facility located at Ikeja.

“From our investigation, we gathered that a Chinese citizen who arrived in from China 7 weeks ago presented at Reddington Hospital yesterday complaining about fever.

“The hospital in keeping with the advisory we earlier issued, correctly maintained a high index of suspicion, isolated the patient and reported the case to the Ministry.

“We took up the case, transferred the patient to the State Isolation Unit at the Mainland hospital which is our specialised infectious disease hospital. His blood samples were taken to the Virology laboratory for analysis and it came out negative”, the Commissioner said.

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Abayomi appealed to citizens to refrain from posting unverified news that can cause unnecessary anxiety in the community.

He urged citizens to disregard any information about the novel Coronavirus that does not emanate from official communication channels of the Ministry of Health or his .

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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COVID-19: Nigerian govt gives update on resumption of international flights

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’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said the federal government is not in a hurry to announce the resumption of international flights.

Sirika stated this while speaking during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 yesterday.

The Minister made it clear that any decision taken would be in the interest of Nigerians.

He pointed out that several countries have not opened up for international flight operations and that Nigeria has not received clearance to fly to countries who are already receiving foreign visitors.

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“Everyone is trying to keep safe. These and many other reasons will make us be cautious and study some more and liaise with stakeholders to decide when we will open international flights.

“Within the sector, we want to reopen because we are bleeding and losing money but we have to remain alive first before we make money. Whatever decision we take has to be in the interest of humanity in general,” Sirika said.

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He also added that the World Health Organisation, the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and other aviation stakeholders would be consulted, before any announcement is made.

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COVID-19: Osun eases total lockdown in four LGs

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Osun State Government, on Monday, eased the total lockdown imposed on four Local Government Areas last week to curb community transmission of the coronavirus.

The affected Local Government areas: Ilesha East, Ilesha West, Atakumosa East and Atakumosa West were placed on a 7-day lockdown that was scheduled to elapse on Monday, DAILY POST reports.

In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, on Monday evening, the State Government appreciated the people of Ijeshaland for the level of compliance to the lockdown directive.

According to the SSG, the state government approved the conditional ease of lockdown based on undertakings and assurance received from traditional and religious leaders as well as civil society groups within the axis, that compliance with safety guidelines shall strictly be adhered to.

Enforcement of safety protocols, especially the use of nose masks in public places must be continued in the axis, and non-adherents will be sanctioned, the government warned.

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Oyebamiji added that, “Although there were reports of breaches and violations, a commendable percentage showed responsibility through their compliance.

“The State Government also appreciates the efforts of the Joint Task Force that oversaw the enforcement of the week-long lockdown, as well as the services of healthcare workers and media professionals.

“It is imperative to note that the condition that necessitated the precision lockdown – community transmission – is still active in the areas.

“However, based on undertakings and assurance received from traditional and religious leaders as well as civil society groups within the axis, that compliance with safety guidelines shall be strictly adhered to going forward; the State Government has approved a CONDITIONAL EASE of lockdown in the four local government areas with effect from the midnight of Monday 13th July 2020.

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“The State Government wishes to reiterate that any form of breakdown in adherence to the safety protocols against COVID-19 in the four local government areas, shall force the government to reimpose the lockdown.

“The State Government under the leadership of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola will do everything necessary to protect the lives and properties of citizens from actual and potential dangers.

“Citizens are therefore warned against actions that sabotage the efforts of the government, by adhering to the safety protocols and directives of the State Government in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“The State Government seizes this opportunity to remind Osun citizens to wash their hands regularly, use alcohol-based sanitizer, wear face mask and maintain social distance.”

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