As part of measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Lagos State government has declared two weeks break for civil servants in the state. The executive governor of the state, Babajide Sanwoolu announced this in a press conference on Sunday.
He stated, “I hereby direct that all public officers in the entire unified public service from grade level 1 to 12, which constitutes about 70% of our entire workforce should stay at home from Monday, March 23, 2020, for fourteen days at the first instance.”
He advised members of the public to refrain from visiting any of the physical offices for any transactions, and make use of the phone or online channels instead.
Governor Sanwo-Olu noted that the stay-at-home order does not include medical personnel, fire service officers, personnel of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Lagos Waste Management Authority and others providing essential services.
“We know the enormity of the task at hand and we are ready for it. We are working with market leaders and even public transport unions to ensure social distancing.
“We must always rise to our challenges. We will win with the cooperation of Lagos residents. We have done this before, we will do it again” he noted.
He said further that the state has activated its swift response to the situation by setting up additional isolation facilities at the Gbagada General Hospital and five other locations around the state where confirmed cases can be treated.
Sanwo-Olu said other patients have been evacuated from the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba.
The state has confirmed 19 cases of the coronavirus, with the last three confirmed in the early hours of Sunday. In total, 27 cases have been confirmed across the country, with zero deaths.