Ninth Update on Coronavirus by the Lagos State Incident Commander, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

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Dear Lagosians, 

It has become imperative for me to address you again today, following the culmination of the second phase of the Lockdown on Lagos, Ogun and the FCT, and the Nationwide Address by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday.

It is now my duty to share a broader framework for the implementation of the President’s directives here in Lagos State

 3. But before I do that, let me reiterate some of these directives, as outlined by the President in his address:  

a. There will be an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am, except for essential services. This means that from the hours of 8 pm to 6 am we expect all Lagosians to stay in their homes.   

b. Furthermore, there is a ban on interstate travel at this time. This means that no persons will be allowed in or out of Lagos until further notice, except for those delivering essential goods and services. And by this, we mean food items, petroleum products, newspapers, and essential manufactured goods.  

c. According to the President, “Partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services will be allowed for the movement of goods and services from producers to consumers.”    

4. Lagos State will be very strict in the implementation of this directive. As a first step, I am directing that vehicles carrying food and agricultural produce into Lagos from any part of the country cannot have more than 7 passengers on board. The same applies when these vehicles are leaving the state. 

5. We are compelled to issue this directive because we have in recent weeks seen attempts to conceal people in trucks and other vehicles carrying essential items, with the aim of sneaking them into or out of the State.  

MEDICAL UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS IN THE LAGOS STATE

6. Dear Lagosians, before I fully outline the guidelines for the easing of the Lockdown in Lagos State, let me officially update you on the medical situation. Our State continues to be the epicenter of #COVID19 in Nigeria. The total number of confirmed cases in our State as of midnight April 28, 2020, is 844.   

7. One Hundred and Forty-Three (143) persons have been treated and discharged, and I am pleased to announce that today alone, we are discharging 49 people, of whom there are 48 Nigerians and 1 Foreigner – a Greek national.  Of these, there are 28 females and 21 males. Sadly, we have lost 19 people, and we currently have 682 active cases.  

8. I have been on the phone with our medical personnel who contracted the Coronavirus; I spoke with all of them earlier today, and I am pleased to say that they are all doing very well and in very high spirits. We are all looking forward to their discharge very soon.  

9. Our medical workers will continue to be a top priority for us at this time, and we will continue to make available all the resources they require, in terms of Hazard Allowances, COVID Allowances, Personal Protective Equipment, psycho-social support, and others.   

10. We are continuing our active case finding in communities across Lagos State. So far, we have covered over 1.5million households; and we are also continuing to scale-up our Isolation and Treatment capacity. The Isolation Center at Gbagada opens tomorrow, and we are currently working on building three additional Isolation Centers in the state.   

 11. Also ongoing are our relief package distribution efforts, with the kind support of private organizations and civil society groups.   

12. We are encouraging businesses in Lagos to commence the production of face masks, as we roll out a new campaign to Mask Up Lagos. This is an opportunity for our people, especially the youth, to display their creativity and artistic flair, and project the cultural spirit of Lagos State to the world.   

13. I will now go on to share details of how the Presidential Directives on the gradual easing of the Lockdown in Lagos State will be implemented and enforced.   

PUBLIC SERVICE UPDATE FOR LAGOS

14. Our public officers in the entire unified public service from grade levels 1-12 are to remain and work from home; unless otherwise directed by their Accounting Officers.   

15. For those on Grade Levels, 13 and above, Accounting Officers will carry out a Needs Assessment of critical staff, identify essential officers, and draw up a Flexible Work Roster in compliance with Social Distancing principles.  The Head of Service will provide further details via a circular.   

16. None of these directives applies to essential service providers. These people are expected to continue working as frontline workers, whose services are deeply appreciated.  MALLS/STORES/MARKETS   

17. All open markets and stores will be allowed to open daily from 9 am till 3 pm on selected days. Everyone attending these markets and stores will be mandated to observe precautionary measures of social distancing and very high levels of personal and hand hygiene.   

18. Malls will be allowed to open with the proviso that stores in the malls maintain a 60% occupancy capacity within the stores; while also ensuring that a 2-meter social distancing is maintained between every person and the next, in the store.   

19. Hand sanitizers and/or wash basins must be provided at all entry points, and temperature checks must be carried out.  

EATERIES AND RESTAURANTS CORONAVIRUS UPDATE IN LAGOS STATE

20. Eateries and restaurants will be allowed to open daily between 9 am and 3 pm, but only take-out and delivery services will be permitted. In-dining services are not allowed.   

21. All food handlers and staff of eateries are expected to have gone through exhaustive health checks and must also practice high levels of personal and hand hygiene in serving members of the public.   

22. Food handlers are also mandated to wear masks and hand gloves at all times; particularly during the preparation and serving of the food.  

23. Hand sanitizers and/or wash basins must be provided at all entry points, and temperature checks must be carried out periodically throughout the period they are open for business.  

More to details come

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