3rd Wave: Sanwo-Olu Warns Lagosians as Covid-19 Spikes

Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has issued a stern warning to Lagosians that the state is experiencing what “appears to be the start of a potential 3rd wave of the COVID-19 pandemic”.

There has been a spike in hospital admissions, especially at the two isolation centres from one percent to six percent within the last two weeks, adding that the test positivity rate has moved from 1.1 percent at the end of June 2021 to its current rate of 6.6 percent.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Governor
Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Governor

“From the beginning of July, we started to experience a steep increase in the number of daily confirmed cases, with the test positivity rate going from 1.1% at the end of June 2021 to its current rate of 6.6% as of 8th of July 2021,” the governor said in a statement released on Sunday.

“The rapid increase within a week gives great cause for concern. Also, within the last two weeks, the occupancy rate at our 2 isolation centres increased from an average of 1% to 6%.

“This is the new and disturbing reality that now confronts us. But we must not be demoralized by this. We must instead resolve that we will not leave any stone unturned in our bid to effectively mitigate the third wave of this pandemic in Lagos state.”

He asked churches, mosques and other public places to comply with the 50 percent capacity order so as to help in efforts to contain the third wave of the pandemic.

He particularly warned churches and mosques and other places of religious worship to be vigilant.

“Even as we are pleased that religious houses are now open for worship, after the lengthy closures of 6 2020, we must not allow ourselves to be carried away by the illusion that all is now back to normal.

“This is especially critical, as Sallah approaches, in a little over a week from now. The festivities will no doubt bring people together in large numbers and create conditions that can sadly cause the spread of the coronavirus.

“We must not allow this to happen. For this reason, we are mandating full compliance with all protective protocols. Compulsory use of masks in all public places, social distancing, temperature checks, provisions for hand-washing and sanitisers, and a maximum of 50 percent occupancy in enclosed spaces.”

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