Written by on March 25, 2020


The Lagos State Government has announced more restrictive measures to halt the spread of Coronavirus in the State.

The new measures which are to take effect from Thursday this week, includes the reduction of people permitted to converge for any social or religious gatherings at the same time from 50 to 25, closure of all public and private parks, gyms and recreation centres as well as open markets and stores selling non essential commodities.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who announced this after meeting with Security Chiefs and some key members of his cabinet at the Lagos House Marina, insisted that the new directive was not a lockdown and that it would be on, for the next seven days in the first instance.

The Governor said the restrictive measures were necessary, because of the rise in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Lagos, which currently accounts for the highest number of confirmed cases in the entire country.

Governor Sanwo-Olu who clarified that
pharmacy, medical equipment stores and all markets where food stuff are traded are exempted from the shut down order advised that eateries and restaurants must serve only take away orders from customers.

Advising banks and other financial institutions as well as the organised private sector to shift the bulk of their services and operations online, the Governor said he had instructed the Chief Judge of the State to close all High and Magistrate courts effective from Thursday this week and warned residents against flouting the sit-at-home order.

The Governor warned that: “Now is not the time for meeting friends, planning dates, weddings or social events of any kinds for that matter, we enjoin you to stay at home and stay away from gatherings as much as you can, it will help you and it will also help us to do our own job, anyone caught flouting this order would be dealt with”

To prevent the shortage of food and panic which may arise over lack of essential commodities during the period of restriction, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the State would make arrangements for food and vegetable vendors to ply their wares within some schools across the State to enable residents to purchase such commodities without moving away from their immediate environment.

The Governor also advised Lagos residents against inter-State travelling.

“As much as possible, let us all refrain from inter-state travelling of any kind, until the worst of the crisis is behind us,” he said

While fielding questions from newsmen, the Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi who was part of the meeting maintained that Covid-19 is not air-borne and that for now, only those who show symptoms are being tested.

The Commissioner said: “It is not air-borne, it is droplet borne and it remains active on some.surfaces for a few hours, We are not testing all our contacts, we have to be careful about the 120 testing kits we have rationed daily, we want to maintain these for patients who really needs it, that’s our testing strategy.

Professor Abayomi revealed that the Lagos State Government uses accurate laboratory tests to confirm Coronavirus cases at Yaba, LUTH and the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research as rapid testing kits are sometimes not precise.

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