Lagos State Government has raised the alarm of a potential third wave of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, following a pointy improve within the variety of optimistic instances recorded in the previous couple of weeks.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, imposed restrictions and sanctions after disclosing that the State’s each day instances of COVID-19 affirmation had shot as much as 6.6 per cent over a interval of 1 week.
The growth might not be unconnected to the careless perspective of air passengers from international locations within the “high risk” zones and the complacency by the residents to comply with the protecting protocols issued by the Government after the top of the second wave.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that 18 p.c of fifty,322 air passengers of curiosity, who arrived in Lagos through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), couldn’t be reached for COVID-19 standing monitoring by EKOTELEMED as a result of they provided fallacious contact particulars.
Going ahead, the Governor ordered sanctioning of in-bound air passengers that failed to supply verifiable contact particulars, together with accessible cellphone numbers they are often reached for monitoring.
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Sanwo-Olu mentioned air passengers would face prosecution, together with fines and imprisonment in step with the Lagos State Coronavirus Law of 2021.
The Governor mentioned: “In spite of our laborious work and devoted efforts in direction of sustaining the return to normalcy, during the last three months, after the flattened the curve of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, we at the moment are discovering ourselves at what seems to be the beginning of a possible third wave of the pandemic in Lagos State. From the start of July, we began to expertise a steep improve within the variety of each day confirmed instances.
“The speedy improve inside per week provides nice trigger for concern. Also, throughout the final two weeks, the occupancy fee at our isolation centres elevated to a mean of six per cent. This is the disturbing actuality that now confronts us. As directed by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC), passengers from red-listed international locations (India, South Africa, Brazil, and Turkey) are required to look at obligatory isolation.
“We have successfully isolated 2,386 passengers in Lagos. Of this number, 15 per cent have absconded. Sanctions are being recommended and have already been meted out to defaulters. Revocation of Permanent Residency and deportation are being meted out to foreign nationals defaulting the protocols. For Nigerians, there will be prosecution to the full extent of the Lagos State COVID-19 Law of 2021.”
The state of affairs at hand, Sanwo-Olu mentioned, required reactivation of full compliance with all protecting protocols already outlined by the State Government.
The Governor mentioned there needs to be obligatory use of masks in all public locations, whereas additionally directing social distancing, obligatory temperature checks, provisions for hand-washing and sanitizers, and most of fifty per cent occupancy in enclosed areas.
Sanwo-Olu urged worship centres to be notably vigilant, advising them to not be carried away by the phantasm that every one actions had been again to regular.
He mentioned: “It is comprehensible that many are drained and need their outdated, pre-pandemic lives to return. Unfortunately, we shouldn’t have a alternative on this regard, and fatigue isn’t an choice. We can not afford to be drained, annoyed or distracted. Without the cooperation of the general public at massive, we stand the dangers of dropping each lives and livelihood, on a devastating scale.
“The enemy (COVID-19) is formidable and opportunistic. The pandemic will only go as far as we allow it. Having triumphed over the first and second waves, we must now find within ourselves new reserves of energy to quell this emerging third wave before it snowballs out of control.”
The Governor decried the low vaccination fee within the State, mentioning that solely a fraction of the populace acquired the advisable doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine being rolled out to realize herd immunity.
This, he mentioned, isn’t enough, including that the State Government was exploring all avenues potential to ramp up entry to vaccine to succeed in the immunity goal of 60 per cent protection.
Sanwo-Olu mentioned Lagos would proceed to work with all companions throughout the Government and personal establishments to make sure everlasting isolation of the virus.