Governor's speech to Lagosians. 17th Update on Coronav

Governor's speech to Lagosians. 17th Update on Coronavirus by the Incident Commander, Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu.


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Governor's speech to Lagosians. 17th  Update on Coronavirus by the Incident Commander, Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu.

Dear Lagosians, 1. I would like to start by publicly expressing my condolences to the families of those who have lost loved ones in recent times to reckless and avoidable road accidents involving trailers and containers; as well as accidents on our waterways. The wheel of the law will take its course and all those responsible for these senseless deaths will be brought to justice. 2. It has now been five months since the first case of Coronavirus was recorded in Nigeria. Since then Nigeria has seen more than 43,000 infections, and a significant disruption of social, religious, educational and economic life, like every other part of the world. 3.As at yesterday, Friday July 31, 2020, Lagos State has had a total of 15,150 confirmed cases .of Covid-19, with 10,835 persons who have recovered and been discharged. We have sadly now lost 194 persons to the virus. This leaves us with 1813 active cases in community and 96 under management across various isolation centers in the State 4. Lagos State remains the epicenter of the pandemic in Nigeria, but we also, I am pleased to say, have set a national example in terms of the efficiency of our testing, tracing, treatment, and our partnerships with the private sector and the Federal Government. Most of our patients in Lagos recover under our supervision. 5. We now have two pathways through which confirmed cases are managed: either through our Home-Based Strategy, or in designated COVID Care Centres. Those people in the Home Care category are being supported medically with our COVID Care Packs, and psychologically through our counselling teams available via our Call Centre 08000CORONA 6. In addition, these individuals are given access to our telemedicine services through the State￾owned EKOTELEMED , and are also visited weekly by our doctors to ensure that they are recovering adequately and in a timely fashion. 7. In terms of our Isolation Centers, we have since, last night, shut down our Eti-Osa Isolation Center and will be shutting down our Agidingbi Isolation Center and moving all the patients there to our soon to be commissioned Indo￾Center. 8. Furthermore, our Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba is now also gradually being reverted back to its status as a hospital to cater to all forms of infectious diseases. The Ca-Covid dedicated tent on the IDH grounds will however remain strictly for Covid-19 cases. 9. In June, we further expanded COVID-19 testing capacity in Lagos with the accreditation of seven private laboratories. In the week ending July 26, 2020, we successfully tested close to 9,000 samples in Lagos State, across the public and private sector laboratories, a 50% increase from the approximately 6,000 samples tested in each of the preceding two weeks. 10. We believe that this increase in testing will lead to an increase in the number of daily confirmed cases of the Virus in Lagos State. This is a welcome development, since our capacity to contain the pandemic depends significantly on how successful we are in identifying all the existing cases. 11. I must however also mention that we have seen a general decrease in positivity rates in Lagos State over the past two weeks , which, combined with the increase in testing numbers, paints a very encouraging picture of the outcome of our response strategy. We will continue to fine-tune our efforts and strategies to build on our successes and close any existing gaps. 12. We are patterning our response strategy after Mumbai, India, which like Lagos is a densely populated mega-city with similar demographic and climatic conditions. I must however say that we are also recording similar results in terms of our successes. 13. Dear Lagosians, having carefully reviewed the current scenario in Lagos State, we have taken some important decisions in line with the ongoing objective of calibrating an effective balance between the competing demands of safeguarding lives and enabling livelihoods. 14. First , we are increasing the permissible capacity for public gatherings from 20 to 50 persons. This applies to a wide range of events, from AGMs to funerals. Lagosians should please continue to keep in mind that there is documented evidence that mass gatherings can increase the spread of infectious diseases, such as coronavirus. As such, all standardprevention and control measures must be strictly adhered to: physical distancing, mandatory temperature checks and use of masks in public places, regular disinfection of premises, and strong personal hygiene. 15. Places of Worship in Lagos State will be allowed to open from Friday the 7th of August for our Muslim worshippers, and Sunday the 9th of August for Christian worshippers, but only at 50% of their capacity. Churches whose main worship days fall on Saturdays, are permitted to hold their services on Saturdays, subject to the same guidelines as churches holding services on Sundays. 16. We must reiterate that Places of Worship are only permitted to have their regular once-a-week services on the designated days. For the avoidance of doubt, churches are mosques are not permitted to have other services or fellowships outside of their main weekly services. 17. Places of Worship are allowed to schedule multiple services, on their designated worship days, if necessary, as well as also encouraging as many people as possible to participate using virtual means. 18. In addition, the following conditions must be met and fulfilled by all Religious Centres and Places of Worship that are planning to reopen: a) Only regular services / gatherings are permitted to hold. Night Vigils and other non-regular programmes remain prohibited until further notice. b) Attendees over the age of sixty-five (65) years are strongly discouraged from attending worship services c) Consider holding services and gatherings in large, well-ventilated areas or outdoors, as circumstances and faith traditions allow. d) “No Facemask, No Entry” policy must be maintained throughout the duration of the services. e) Regular cleaning and disinfection of facilities must be carried out to maintain clean and hygienic environments before and after every service. f) Appropriate screening equipment for COVID-19 symptoms such as a contactless temperature check must be available for entrants into the facility. g) It is mandatory to provide hand-washing facilities and sanitizers at the entry and exit point of the premises. h) National emergency response phone lines must be displayed prominently on the premises. i) Handshakes, Hugs and “high fives” are not permitted at services or gatherings, and this should be emphasized by displaying appropriate signs prominently. j) The use of stationary collection boxes and electronic methods for collection of offering must be encouraged. k) The flow of human traffic in and out of these places of worship must be conducted in an organized and orderly manner. 19. Restaurants will now be permitted to open for in-dining services, from the 14th of August, on the proviso that they maintain a 50% occupancy capacity, and have also obtained a Provisional Safety Compliance Certificate through the registration portal of the Lagos State Safety Commission: 20. Social Clubs and Recreational Centers will also now be allowed to open from the 14th of August 2020, on the condition that they have applied for and obtained a Provisional Safety Compliance Certificate through the registration portal of the Lagos State Safety Commission: Note that these Safety Clearance Certificates are at this time being issued only to Social Clubs with Registered Trustees. 21. Clubs and Centers that reopen without complying with these mandatory requirements will be shut down and dealt with according to the law. Note also that the closure of all Spas, Bars, Lounges, Night Clubs, Cinemas, Games Arcades remains in place. The possible re￾opening of these places will be further reviewed before the end of the month. 22. As a State Government we will be ramping up our monitoring and enforcement work, to ensure that all our guidelines and directives are complied with to the letter. The relevant agencies will be carrying out spot checks and random inspections of businesses and facilities, and defaulters will be sanctioned appropriately 23. Regarding our schools, Secondary Schools in Lagos will reopen , as earlier communicated by the Ministry of Education, from August 3rd, for Exit Classes only – i.e. SS3 and Technical Studies TEC3 students only. This will allow them two weeks to participate in revision classes and examinations in preparation for the forthcoming West African Examinations (WAEC), which will start on August 17, 2020. 24. All standard precautions must be put in place by school authorities: handwashing facilities, physical distancing, the use of face masks, and so on. Officials of the Lagos State Government will be inspecting all qualifying schools to ensure that these requirements are fully met. The Lagos State Government will make face masks available to all schools to which this reopening exemption applies, for the duration of the reopening. 25. As I mentioned before, all civil servants in the state’s unified public service system are to maintain status quo in line with the prevailing guidelines issued by the Head of Service and comply with the roster selections per MDA. Those officers working from home at this time, are to continue to avail themselves with the use of the online Learning Management (LMS) platforms.
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