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COVID-19: Why we’re yet to shutdown Lagos – Sanwo-Olu

Ayodele Olalere

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday said in spite of the rapid increase in the number of Coronavirus patients in the state, the state government is yet to order total lockdown of the state because confirmed cases are not up to required numbers.

While giving updates on the situation of the pandemic in the state, at the State House, Marina, the governor said the state is yet to experience spike in the number of cases, therefore it can not be totally lockdown yet.

Out of the 65 confirmed cases nationwide, Lagos presently account for 44.

He, however, said with what is happening, the state is gradually nearing the required number.

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“We are moving in the direction of total lockdown but there are numbers or indices we need to see before we carry it out which we are yet to see. We need to see huge spike in the numbers of confirmed cases so we are looking at that,” the governor said.

Sanwo-Olu further said based on data, out of the 44 confirmed cases in the state, Ikeja and Eti-Osa local governments has the highest numbers of patients and said his administration is focusing attention in those areas.

The governor also signed into law the Emergency Coronavirus Pandemic Bill 2020, which was passed by the State House of Assembly. The law empower the governor to punish violators of the shutdown order.

The governor also announced the setting up of Neighbourhood Markets in 50 primary school premises across the state. The markets, according to him would operate every two days and sell food products at affordable prices to the people.

Sanwo-Olu further disclosed that 14 Nigerian students were yesterday rescued at the Seme border. According to him, the students are presently being tested for Coronavirus and if found negative will be allowed to go home.