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 COVID-19: Lagos Contemplates Total Lockdown

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said that there could be total lockdown of the state the cases of Coronavirus multiply to a certain level.

Sanwo-Olu said this at the State House in Marina on Friday in a briefing on the latest on COVID-19 in the state.

“We are moving in the direction of a total lockdown but there are numbers or indices that we need to see before we carry it out, which we have yet to see. We need to see a huge spike in the numbers of confirmed cases, so, we are looking at that,” Sanwo-Olu said.

As of Friday, Sanwo-Olu stated that Ikeja and Eti-Osa Local Government Areas had the highest number of patients and government was focusing on those areas.

The Commissioner for Health, Lagos State, Prof Akin Abayomi, in an earlier press briefing said the state might record to 39,000 cases of COVID-19 in a worst scenario but if social distancing was adequately practiced then the cases might not be more than 13,000.

He urged Lagosians to adhere to the social distancing rules to contain the spread of the disease.

He said, “Our mathematical modeling shows that the worst-case scenario is that we may see up to 39,000 cases in Lagos, but if everyone practises good social distancing, the figure will be limited to 13,000.

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“If we add social distancing to active contact tracing, then we will be able to bend the curve further. The figures may seem alarming at this point, but this is just to emphasise to the Lagos community to follow the instructions of the incident commander to make sure that we practise social distancing.

“Looking at the same timeframe from the introduction of the index case, you can see that Lagos State is not seen anywhere near what Spain, Italy, and Iran are showing. So, at weeks two and three of our index case, we are flat and at week four, we have 37 cases; while at the same fourth week, Italy, Iran, and Spain had more than 20,000 cases.”

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