Coronavirus: Sanwo-Olu lockdown Lagos State

By AdvocateNews on 25/03/2020

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has close down all markets and stores in the state to contain the spread of coronavirus beginning Thursday, March 26.

Giving updates on the COVID-19 situation in the state to journalists at the Lagos House, Marina, Sanwo-Olu said the first instance of the closure will last for seven days.

The closure excludes markets and stores that sell food, water, drugs and medical equipment and other related life- saving items.

According to him, “Here in Lagos, we have seen a significant jump in our numbers from 19 as at the last time I addressed you on Sunday, to 28 as at today’s briefing. This shows that our numbers are increasing as predicted but we are also proactively and promptly tracking, isolating and managing the suspected cases; as well as the confirmed ones at the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba.

“I am pleased to note that all our confirmed cases, bar the ones that have since been discharged, are doing well and are all in stable condition.

“As I mentioned, last time I spoke to you on Sunday, we are identifying other isolation centers across our five divisional zones of Ikeja; Badagry; Ikorodu; Lagos Island and Epe to ensure that we have a seamless and coordinated approach towards the quick identification and isolation of suspected cases without overwhelming the mainland infectious diseases hospital in Yaba.”

Sanwo-Olu enjoined the organised private sector to follow the steps of the public sector and 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.

The governor the chief judge of Lagos State to ensure that all Magistrate and High Courts in Lagos State close immediately to the public and suspend all court sittings, adding that   essential services should be transacted electronically.

“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.

“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,” he said.

Posted 25/03/2020 06:21:13 AM

 

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