Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has given an update on the COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus
According to the press release sent, Lagos alone has 29 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, which is sum total of the previous 19 cases recorded.
The government is taking action, on and immediately tracking and managing suspected cases, including the confirmed cases at Infectious Disease Hospital, in Yaba. He added that some of the patients are doing well, while some already discharged.
The Governor said they are establishing other isolation centers across our five divisional zones of Ikeja; Badagry; Ikorodu; Lagos Island and Epe to make sure that there is a smooth and coordinated approach towards the quick identification and isolation of suspected cases without overcrowding the hospital in Yaba.
With all this said, Sanwo-Olu gave directives and guidelines to follow during the ongoing pandemic. He urged the private sectors to allow workers to work from home, adding that banks should make online service for the public their topmost priority.
Here are the directives from the governors:
- The organized private sector is hereby encouraged to allow as many workers as possible to work from home. Banks and other Financial Institutions are encouraged to prioritize online channels for their services to the public; with only essential and key senior staff being in the office during these times.
2. The Chief Judge of Lagos State has been directed to ensure that all Magistrate and High Courts close immediately to the public and suspend all court sittings; and as much as is possible, essential services should be transacted electronically.
3. All public parks, including those in private and residential estates, swimming pools, gyms, beauty salons, and all such public places are expected to shut
down at this time, until further notice.
4. All open markets and stores, except for sellers of food water, medicines, medical equipment, and other essential life-saving products are hereby directed to close. Fast food (eateries) and shops are to serve their customers in a take-out manner, with no in-dining
5. All markets and shops that are not selling essential items such as food and medicine
are to shut down from Thursday 25th March 2020.
6. We are planning to expand our shopping channels by using some open spaces in some of our schools so that people have access to food, water, and other essential items, and it also affords us the opportunity to ensure that our people observe the social distancing directive and compliance with proper hygiene and sanitation levels in those settings.
7. I urge that all travel to and from Lagos, whether by air or by road, be avoided at this time. The Federal Government has already advised residents of Lagos and Abuja to stay put where they are, and I would like to reiterate this in the strongest terms possible. As
much as possible, let us all refrain from inter-state traveling of any kind until the worst of this crisis is behind us.
6. As already stated, and I reiterate, let us refrain from gatherings or congregations of any kind at all at this time. Previously we had said no more than fifty (50)
persons in a gathering, today we are revising, downwards, the number of persons allowed to congregate to no more than twenty-five (25) persons.
7. Now is not the time to be meeting friends, planning playdates, weddings or any other social event. Stay at home and away from gatherings as much as you can help it!
The Governor, however, gave out a warning to those who might or will go against the directives as stated above.
“Anyone caught flouting any of the above directives as well as the previously issued directives will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. As I mentioned, law enforcement agencies and other relevant Lagos State protection agencies have been empowered with the power to deal with recalcitrant offenders. We will not relent in ensuring strict compliance with our directives.” Sanwo-Olu said.
Speaking on fundamental human rights, as some of the uniformed officers would use this opportunity to misuse the power bestowed upon them, Sanwo-Olu said he is aware, adding that the constitution of the coronavirus was not predicted. He, however, said, due to the ongoing pandemic, the “doctrine of necessity” compulsory to help fight the COVID-19.
He thereby appreciated those who have complied with the directives without faults, urging them to continue in their patriotic act.
He concluded by saying that Lagos state has shown strength anytime it faces challenges, adding that it differentiates us from others.
“Lagos State has always shown incredible strength and resilience in the face of challenges, and this is what makes us different as people.”