COVID-19 Second Wave: Lagos bans gathering of more than 50 persons

Ebun Francis| In a bid to contain the ravaging coronavirus pandemic in the state, the Lagos State Government has banned the gathering of more than 50 persons in an enclosed space.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who gave the order via a statement on Sunday, however, said religious services were exempted from the directive, so far gathering does not exceed 50% capacity of the space.

Sanwo-Olu said, “The State Government has observed with dismay the widespread flagrant disregard and non-adherence to guidelines and protocols aimed at stemming and curbing the tide of infection.”

“We particularly note that some event centers have been operating their premises outside the acceptable parameters for operation/usage and continue to be recalcitrant in this regard.

“This is to sound a very serious note of warning that henceforth all those found culpable and in breach of the existing regulations and guidelines would be swiftly and decisively dealt with in full accordance with the provisions of the law.

“Furthermore, and in line with the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021 signed last week by President Muhammadu Buhari, it is hereby directed that no gathering of more than 50 persons shall hold in an enclosed space, except for religious purposes, in which case the gathering shall not exceed 50% capacity of the space.

“A breach of the provisions of the Presidential Regulations attracts upon summary conviction, a fine or six months imprisonment and or both. Our enforcement agencies have been appropriately tasked to ensure maximum compliance.

“All Lagosians are enjoined to continue to observe all laid down guidelines and protocols issued by both the state and federal governments for the effective containment and treatment of the novel coronavirus disease.”

Lagos State continues to be the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria. As of the 29th of January 2021, the state had recorded a total of 47,871 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Of this number, 34,094 have recovered in community, while 9,856 are currently active in community.

Over the last 12 months, about 3,988 COVID-related patients have been admitted into the various care centres across the State; with a registered fatality rate of approximately 0.63% (301 deaths).

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