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‘Take Responsibility’ Or COVID-19 Lockdown Easing Will Be Reviewed, Sanwo-Olu Warns Lagosians


Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu says residents should take duty and obey social distancing measures or the federal government will overview easing of the COVID-19 lockdown presently being applied.

Sanwo-Olu sounded the warning throughout his COVID-19 briefing on the Lagos state home in Marina on Saturday.

“The gradual easing of this lockdown is dependent upon the compliance of each and every one of us, which is the #TakeResponsbility,” he stated. “As a government elected to uphold the security of its citizens, which includes health security, let me make it clear that we will not hesitate to review the terms of this easing if we do not see an improvement in the next couple of days. People have to take responsibility.”

The Governor reiterated pointers reminiscent of using face masks in public, noting that the measures have been designed to maintain individuals secure.

“This face-mask wearing is to protect yourself,” he defined. “You must assist us defend you and defend your family members. It’s not a showpiece, it isn’t one thing that we imagine that can inconvenience you, it’s actually to guard you and to guard your loved ones. Please and please once more, when you have any public engagement, ensure that, compulsorily, that you’re carrying a face masks.

“Now we have additionally heard of individuals which are sharing face masks, please allow us to desist from this very uncivilized acts. Individuals are not meant to be sharing face masks in public locations.”

The Governor added that whereas vans and different automobiles carrying designated necessities will proceed to be given entry into the state, his authorities won’t tolerate vans hiding individuals amongst items.

“This is not acceptable and such vehicles will be turned back, and they will not be given access to the state,” he stated.

Elevated Testing

Lagos State presently has the best variety of COVID-19 infections in Nigeria with 1,667 circumstances, as of Friday night, in line with the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC).

In the meantime, the federal government says it’s engaged on growing its testing capability.

“Our combined lab capacity is at about 850 tests daily,” Sanwo-Olu stated on Saturday. “This is easily scalable to 1,500 and 2,000 subject to the availability of extraction kits considering the acute global shortage.”

To attain this, the governor stated the state has paid for over 20,000 extraction kits and has positioned an order for an additional 20,000 in its bid to check a minimum of 120,000 within the subsequent 60 days.

He additionally famous that the state has commenced a biweekly procurement of laboratory wants “to prevent running out of these materials going forward, until at least 120,000 tests are done in a about 2 months.”

Sanwo-Olu additionally stated the state is “actively increasing our isolation capacity.”

“You will also see a change in our Isolation strategy in the weeks ahead, as we transition towards decentralisation,” he added.

“What this means is that we will be introducing community management of cases, by accrediting and incorporating primary health care facilities and private healthcare facilities for the management of mild-to-moderate cases of COVID-19 patients”.

The governor additionally spoke concerning the assortment of correct information and past that, he introduced that the state is growing an emergency digital response platform that can assist in the gathering of information, needed for knowledgeable decision-making.

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