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Covid-19: Lagos faces another lockdown and imposition of other measures

Lagos government has warned that it may have to resort to another round of lockdown if COVID-19 protocols continue to be flouted.

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The Lagos State Government has warned that it may impose a new lockdown and return other measures if there is a recurrence of high cases of coronavirus in the state due to the flagrant disregard for the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic protocols.

It, therefore, stressed the need for residents to strictly adhere to precautionary measures against Covid-19 pandemic transmission to prevent the second wave of infections.

This was contained in a press statement titled, ‘Lagos calls for precautions against the second wave of Covid-19’ and signed by the Director, Public Affairs of the Ministry of Health, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, on Tuesday.

The statement quoted the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, as saying that many countries around the world have found it necessary to impose a second lockdown and restriction of movements, which have significant socio-economic and security consequences.

The statement partly reads, “The Lagos State Government has once again stressed the need for residents to strictly adhere to precautionary measures against COVID-19 infection transmission to prevent a recurrence of the situation that led to the lockdown of the economy.’’

“A resurgence of cases in Lagos may lead to the reversal of the strategically calculated measures put in place by the Government to open up the economy.

“The first wave of coronavirus started in December 2019 and swept through an unprepared world. The first case of COVID-19 in Nigeria was recorded in Lagos on the 27th of February 2020. Lagos has since become the epicentre of the outbreak in Nigeria with a record of 21,107 confirmed cases and 212 deaths from the virus till date.’

The containment measures put in place at the time included COVID-19 testing, isolation and treatment, surveillance, total shutdown of the State for about 12 weeks and a partial shutdown of social, economic and academic activities for over four months.”

Abayomi advised citizens against unnecessary movement and social gatherings unless it is absolutely necessary stressing that travelling into and outside the country should be discouraged except when absolutely necessary.

He said, “The erroneous belief that COVID-19 has been conquered and is no more in Nigeria should be discarded. Based on our data, this assumption is invalid. It creates a false sense of security amongst the citizens causing many to abandon the use of face masks and other safety measures and protocols put in place by the Government.

“Though we have reached our peak as predicted and are now experiencing a decline in the number of positive cases, this is not a reason to conclude that all is over. COVID-19 is still very much with us as evidenced in the number of cases being recorded in the community daily and occasional deaths from severe complications.

“The reason for the decline in COVID-19 cases in Lagos is attributable to a number of factors, including public adherence to safety regulations of physical and social distancing, hand hygiene, use of face mask in public places, expanded testing strategy and contact tracing, among others, and this is the more reason why citizens should not relent in this regard if we don’t want to experience a second wave of the disease.”

This warning is coming at a time when the state’s economy is still trying to recover from the negative impacts of lockdown and restrictions due to the outbreak of the first wave of the pandemic and the #EndSARS protests which had the state’s economy at a standstill. The protests witnessed non-adherence to the safety protocols against the coronavirus pandemic.

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FG denies banning passengers without proof of Covid-19 vaccination

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has denied media reports alleging that the Federal Government through the agency has issued a directive banning travellers without proof of Covid-19 vaccination from travelling both local and international flights.

The aviation sector regulator said there was no iota of truth about such action which was allegedly supposed to take effect from December 1, 2021, and asked the general public to discountenance such news.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, this disclosure is contained in a statement issued by the General Manager Public Relations of NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye, on Thursday in Lagos, saying that no such directive emanated from the agency.

What the Spokesman of NCAA is saying in the statement

Adurogboye said, “We want to state categorically that no such directive emanated from the government through NCAA. Therefore, the Authority is calling on the public to discountenance such news as there is no iota of truth in it.

“On the other hand, we want to enjoin purveyors of such unfounded news to cross-check facts before publishing.’’

The general manager expressed NCAA’s continuous support for all government initiatives to curb the spread of the Delta variant.

He added, “However, we expect strict adherence to safety protocols in and out of the airports by wearing our facemask, washing our hands periodically, using alcohol-based hand sanitiser, maintaining social distance and avoiding crowded space.’’

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Nigeria records 253 covid-related deaths in September 2021, toll hits 2,721

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 19 new covid-19 related deaths across the country on 30th September 2021, taking the total deaths recorded in September to 253, and a total death toll from inception-to-date to 2,721.

This is according to daily data tracked from the website of the NCDC.

Also, a total of 8,638 new cases was registered by the agency in the month of September. The number of cases recorded in the review month represents a 53.4% reduction compared to 18,523 recorded in the previous month (August 2021). It is however, 39.5% higher than 6,190 recorded in July 2021.

The number of deaths recorded in the month is 20.9% lower than 320 recorded in the previous month, while it jumped by 772.4% compared to 29 recorded in the month of July 2021.

The number of deaths recorded in the month is 20.9% lower than 320 recorded in the previous month, while it jumped by 772.4% compared to 29 recorded in the month of July 2021.

Key highlights

  • A total of 14,631 patients were discharged in the review period, 6.5% higher than 13,744 patients recorded in the previous month.
  • The number of active cases as of the time of writing this article stood at 9,427, which is lower than 11,203 admitted patients as of the beginning of the month.
  • Nigeria has recorded 111,589 new cases of the pandemic year-to-date, and 1,430 deaths in the same period.
  • It is worth noting that a total of 3.04 million tests have been carried out in Nigeria from inception to date.
  • Nigeria ranks 9th in Africa, for countries with highest number of cases, behind the likes of Zambia (209,046), Kenya (249,434), and Egypt (304,524), while South Africa stands in top with 2.9 million cases.

In terms of states with highest cases to date, Lagos State tops the list with 76,734 cases followed by the federal capital territory with 21,999, River State (12,160), Kaduna (9,646), and Plateau State with 9,401.

In the same vein, Lagos State has also recorded the highest number of deaths with 664, solely accounting for 24% of the total covid-related deaths recorded in the country.

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Tokyo reports 4,058 COVID-19 cases, the highest since the start of the Olympics

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Newly reported COVID-19 cases in Olympic host city, Tokyo surged to a record high of 4,058 on Saturday, exceeding the 4,000-mark for the first time and overshadowing the Summer Games. The city has recorded a spike in cases since the Olympics games began.

For four days in a row during the week, Tokyo has been setting new record numbers for covid-19 cases although the Prime Minister has maintained that there are no links between these record-high number of cases and the Olympic games.

“Since we have imposed virus-curbing measures, such as cutting the flow of people (in public) and stricter border controls to prevent the spread of the virus by foreign visitors, I think there is none,” Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said.

On Saturday, July 31, nationwide cases totalled 12,341, Japan’s highest and a figure up by15% on the day, signalling a rapid rise in infections across the country. This comes a day after Japan decided to extend states of emergency to three districts near Tokyo and the western district of Osaka to the end of August in light of the recent spike in infections.

Tokyo Olympics organisers said on Saturday that the accreditation of games-related individuals to leave the athletes’ village for activities not related to the games like sightseeing, has been revoked. The revocation means that a person cannot enter any Olympic facility without accreditation.

The government has repeatedly urged citizens to stay at home and watch the Olympic Games on TV. In addition, an appeal has been made to younger people to get vaccinated against the virus, as most Japanese aged above 65 have already been inoculated.

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