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COVID-19: Lagos may re-impose lockdown, other measures

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Sanwo Olu

COVID-19     The Lagos State Government may impose a new lockdown and return other measures if there is a recurrence of high cases of coronavirus in the state .
This was contained in a press statement by the Director , Public Affairs of the Ministry of Health, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo , on Tuesday.COVID-19
The statement was titled , ‘ Lagos calls for precautions against second wave of COVID – 19 ’ .
The statement quoted the Commissioner for Health, Prof . Akin Abayomi, as saying that many countries around the world have found it necessary to impose a second lockdown and restriction of movements , which have significant socio – economic and security consequences .
The commissioner , however , warned that “ the continuous flagrant disregard of safety guidelines by citizens heralds ’ danger and may lead to a second wave of new infections in Lagos ” .
Part of the statement read , “ The Lagos State Government has once again stressed the need for residents to strictly adhere to precautionary measures against COVID – 19 infection transmission to prevent a recurrence of the situation that led to the lockdown of the economy .
“ 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 .
“ The first wave of coronavirus started in December 2019 and swept through an unprepared world . The first case of COVID – 19 in Nigeria was recorded in Lagos on the 27 th 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.
READ ALThe 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 partial shutdown of social , economic and academic activities for over four months. ”
Abayomi advised citizens against unnecessary movement and social gatherings, “ unless it is absolutely necessary stressing that travelling into and outside the Country should be discouraged except when absolutely necessary ” .
He said , “ The erroneous belief that COVID – 19 has been conquered and is no more in Nigeria should be discarded . Based on our data , this assumption is invalid . It creates a false sense of security amongst the citizens causing many to abandon the use of face masks and other safety measures and protocols put in place by the Government.
“ Though we have reached our peak as predicted and are now experiencing a decline in the number of positive cases , this is not a reason to conclude that all is over . COVID – 19 is still very much with us as evidenced in the number of cases being recorded in the community daily and occasional deaths from severe complications .
“ The reason for the decline in COVID – 19 cases in Lagos is attributable to a number of factors , including public adherence to safety regulations of physical and social distancing , hand hygiene , use of face mask in public places , expanded testing strategy and contact tracing , among others , and this is the more reason why citizens should not relent in this regard if we don’ t want to experience a second wave of the disease .punch

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