The Lagos state authorities says it will likely be compelled to “have a mass burial” if mortuaries throughout the state aren’t decongested inside two weeks.
Talking throughout a COVID-19 briefing on Saturday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu famous the mortuary overload was not because of COVID-19 deaths.
Lower than 20 deaths have been recorded within the state, in accordance with the federal government.
Nonetheless, for about two months, there have been no funerals in Lagos because of the Lent interval and COVID-19 restrictions, the Governor defined.
“If we’re unable to see a decongestion of mortuaries across the state within the next two weeks, Lagos state government will now be compelled to seek to have a mass burial and we would not want to force this on anybody, which is why we are asking for the cooperation of all of us,” Sanwo-Olu mentioned.
“This isn’t the time when it’s good to wait on your brother or your sister or your sibling, who’s 10,000km or 6,000km away from right here for them to come back again earlier than you possibly can have the funeral.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu stands behind the lectern at a COVID-19 briefing on April 25, 2020. Picture Credit score: LASG
“These are very troublesome instances and I can think about that households and family and siblings will perceive that we have to have this and we have to put this behind us.
“So, we’re reiterating it once more that we’ll give two weeks window and we’ll anticipate lots of people to conform after which the state authorities may need to take different choices in that method.”
The Governor famous that burials have to be performed in accordance with social distancing tips.
“The total number of persons at the funeral, including officiating religious leaders, must not exceed 20,” he mentioned.
“Applicable bodily distancing have to be maintained on the funeral ceremony, all attendees/mourners should use masks and guarantee they wash their fingers after the ceremony.
“There additionally have to be NO receptions or events to accompany these funerals.”