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COVID-19: Lagos; no lockdown

The Lagos State government on Wednesday denied reports that the state was on lockdown, following the closure of some markets and stores, to curtail the spread of coronavirus announced on Tuesday by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, which takes effect from Thursday

This was contained in a press statement signed the Commissioner for Information, Strategy and Security, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso.  He stated that the impression created by such reports is erroneous; “Lagos is not on lockdown despite the stringent measures introduced by the government,” he said.  “Mr. Governor, who is the Incident Commander, only urged private sector establishments to introduce measures that will support the government’s efforts at curtailing the spread of COVID-19. “Governor Sanwo-Olu suggested that banks should enhance their online banking services to enable their customers have transactions without visiting banking halls.“All markets that are not selling food, pharmaceutical products, water, medical equipment and other essential materials are to close down.”

According to him, workers offering essential essential services – Fire Service, Emergency, health, water, telecommunication, security, media and others – are exempted from the directive.

He therefore urged residents to remain observant, prayerful and report all suspected cases of COVID-19 through the emergency hotlines – 08000CORONA, 08023169485, 08033535529, 08052817243.

Nathaniel Udoh

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