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The Lagos State Government yesterday alerted residents to the presence of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It said the alert had become necessary in view of the “steep” rise in the number of positive cases of the virus.
Like Lagos State, Oyo enjoined the public to be more cautious as the state has recorded the deadlier strain of the virus known as Delta variant.
In a statement yesterday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said Lagos State had as of July 7, recorded 60,202 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 357 registered deaths.
He said: “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 per cent at the end of June to its current rate of 6.6 per cent as at July 8.”
Sanwo-Olu, who noted that only one per cent of the state’s population of more than 20 million had been vaccinated, said managing the latest wave was the responsibility of “all of us”.
He specifically reminded churches, mosques and groups to adhere strictly to the existing COVID -19 protocols, including not having more than 50 persons in an enclosed place.
The governor also warned that in-bound travellers that fail to comply with isolation protocols risked prosecution.
The statement by Sanwo-Olu partly reads: “Whilst both the Federal and state governments have a huge role to play in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, the responsibility of managing the third wave ultimately belongs to all of us.
“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 per cent at the end of June to its current rate of 6.6 per cent as of July 8.
“The rapid increase within a week gives great cause for concern. Also, within the last two weeks, the occupancy rate at our isolation centres increased from an average of one to six per cent. This is the new and disturbing reality that now confronts us. As you all know, Lagos has been the epicentre of the pandemic since the start, and the way we manage it here has a significant impact and reverberating effect on the national outlook and outcomes. So, Nigeria is counting on us in Lagos to be resolute in our stand against the virus.
“We will continue to test aggressively. We will also focus on sequencing the samples we are collecting to ensure we are detecting and keeping track of the different variants in circulation. It is only by testing and sequencing comprehensively that we can collect the data required for informed decision-making.
“Greater vigilance is required at this time in our Churches and Mosques, and other places of religious worship. Even as we are pleased that religious houses are now open for worship, 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.
“As of today, the percentage of residents who have received two doses of the vaccine stands at a mere 1 per cent. We recognise this is not adequate, and given the imminent third wave, and our priority to reduce COVID-19 related deaths, we are exploring all avenues possible to ramp up access to vaccination to reach our herd immunity target of at least 60 percent vaccination coverage of the population of Lagos State.