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COVID-19: Lagos issues new guidelines, considers full reopening of economy

Babajide Sanwo-Olu has issued new guidelines as the state begins the second phase of the gradual easing of the lockdown.

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has issued new guidelines that will help guarantee the safety of residents and contain the spread of the virus as the state begins the second phase of the gradual easing of the lockdown.

This was disclosed by the governor on Sunday May 18, 2020, during a press briefing on the next steps to be taken in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

In his speech, Sanwo-Olu said that the Lagos State Government was considering fully re-opening the economy just as it would embark on assessment of the readiness of businesses.

As part of the guidelines, Lagos will be rolling out a ‘register to open’ initiative, as part of the plans that will enable it assess the level of readiness of the players in the identified sectors for supervised operations.

(READ MORE: Lagos State threatens to revert to full lock-down)

The Governor said that officials from the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) and Lagos State Environment Protection Agency (LASEPA) would be visiting restaurants, companies, and religious houses to assess their levels of readiness.

He said, “We are at a level where we are reviewing the other arms of the economy. In the coming days, we will be starting what we call Register-to-Open, which means all players in the restaurant business, event centers, entertainment, malls, and cinemas will go through a form of re-registration and space management.”

“There is a regulation that will be introduced to supervise this move. We will be coming to their facilities to assess their level of readiness for a future opening. I don’t know when that opening will happen in the weeks ahead, but we want these businesses to begin to tune themselves to the reality of COVID-19 with respect to how their workspaces need to look like,” the governor said.

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Going further, the governor said, “There is a regulation that will be introduced to supervise this move. We will be coming to their facilities to assess their level of readiness for a future opening. I don’t know when that opening will happen in the weeks ahead, but we want these businesses to begin to tune themselves to the reality of COVID-19 with respect to how their workspaces need to look like.”

(READ MORE:Lagos State conducts social media poll on whether to lock down or not.)

The governor pointed out that this didn’t mean they should re-open the next day, or anytime without going through a process guiding the re-opening. He said that LASEPA and Safety Commission would be mandated to start the enumeration process. He, however, reiterated that it was not a license for full opening, as the state was not yet ready for that.

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Sanwo-Olu said that government agencies would be visiting places of worship to evaluate their level of preparedness ahead of full reopening, while stressing that social distancing and hygiene would be major considerations for their re-opening.

The governor said that while reviewing how the phased unlocking would happen, if they saw a huge level of compliance, they could fully open up the state’s economy in 2 to 3 weeks, if not, it could take 1 or 2 months until they were sure that people were ready to conform to the guidelines.

He also directed that elderly people must be given priority to transact their businesses in banks and markets between 9 am and 10.30 am, after which younger customers should be allowed to transact.

 

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Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

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    COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

    On the 20th of April 2021, 120 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria

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    The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 164,423 confirmed cases.

    On the 20th of April 2021, 120 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria.

    To date, 164,423 cases have been confirmed, 154,406 cases have been discharged and 2,061 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

    A total of 1.84 million tests have been carried out as of April 20th, 2021 compared to 1.81 million tests a day earlier.

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    • Total Number of Cases – 164,423
    • Total Number Discharged – 154,406
    • Total Deaths – 2,061
    • Total Tests Carried out – 1,838,174

    According to the NCDC, the 120 new cases are reported from 8 states- Enugu (53), Lagos (22), Rivers (18), Ogun (8), FCT (7), Abia(6), Kano (5) and Bauchi (1).

    Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 58,119, followed by Abuja (19,756), Plateau (9,035), Kaduna (9,014), Rivers (7,060), Oyo (6,839), Edo (4,897), Ogun (4,639), Kano (3,942), Ondo (3,226), Kwara (3,120), Delta (2,617), Osun (2,572), Nasarawa (2,380), Enugu (2,281), Katsina (2,097), Gombe (2,034), Ebonyi (2,020), Anambra (1,909), Akwa Ibom (1,843), and Abia (1,683).

    Imo State has recorded 1,655 cases, Bauchi (1,540), Borno (1,337), Benue (1,188), Adamawa (1,063), Niger (930), Taraba (910), Bayelsa (885), Ekiti (869), Sokoto (775), Jigawa (527), Kebbi (450), Cross River (394), Yobe (365), Zamfara (240), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

    READ ALSO: COVID-19: Western diplomats warn of disease explosion, poor handling by government

    Lock Down and Curfew

    In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

    The movement restriction, which was extended by another two weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

    On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

    On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.

    Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State announced the closed down of the Eti-Osa Isolation Centre, with effect from Friday, 31st July 2020. He also mentioned that the Agidingbi Isolation Centre would also be closed and the patients relocated to a large capacity centre.

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    Due to the increased number of covid-19 cases in Nigeria, the Nigerian government ordered the reopening of Isolation and treatment centres in the country on Thursday, 10th December 2020.

    On 26th January 2021, the Federal Government announced the extension of the guidelines of phase 3 of the eased lockdown by one month following the rising cases of the coronavirus disease in the country and the expiration of phase 3 of the eased lockdown.

    On 28th February 2021, the federal government confirmed that the first tranche of Covid-19 vaccines will arrive in Nigeria on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021.

    On Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, the National Primary health Care Development Agency announced the arrival of the expected COVX Astrazeneca/Oxford covid-19 vaccines.

    On Saturday, 6th March 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo received vaccination against the covid-19 as the State House in Abuja.

    READ ALSO: Bill Gates says Trump’s WHO funding suspension is dangerous

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    FG explains how the Covid-19 vaccines work and their composition

    The NPHCDA Director said that Covid-19 vaccine candidates are of various categories based on their mechanism of action.

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    The Federal Government through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has explained the composition of the Covid-19 vaccines and how they work.

    This is as some of them have been approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) and some countries, while others are still at different phases of clinical trials for possible approval.

    According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), this insight was given by the Executive Director/Chief Executive of NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, who said there were several COVID-19 vaccine candidates.

    READ: African Union signs deal for 400 million Johnson and Johnson single shot vaccine

    He said that Covid-19 vaccine candidates are of various categories based on their mechanism of action such as the inactivated or weakened virus vaccines.

    He explained that the idea behind the formulation of an inactivated or weakened virus vaccine is to elicit an immune response without causing the disease itself. Shuaib also said there were protein-based vaccines, which used harmless fragments of proteins or protein shells that mimic the Covid-19 virus to safely generate an immune response.

    He added that the viral vector vaccines used a virus that had been genetically engineered to produce coronavirus proteins to safely generate an immune response and not give rise to the disease.

    Going further, Shuaib pointed out that the Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) and Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) vaccines employed a cutting-edge approach that used genetically engineered RNA or DNA to generate a protein that safely prompted an immune response.

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    READ: China publicly presents its COVID-19 vaccines, 2 doses to cost below $146

    What you should know

    • It can be recalled that on March 2, 2021, Nigeria received the first set of about 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute in India and shipped via the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and WHO.
    • A few days ago, the Executive Director of NPHCDA disclosed that a total of 8,491 Nigerians have reacted adversely to the AstraZeneca inoculation since the exercise began on March 15.
    • He said that Nigeria recorded 52 cases of moderate to severe incidents of Adverse Effects Following Immunisation (AEFI), presented as fever, vomiting, diarrhoea headaches, dizziness and allergic reactions.
    • About 1.09 million Nigerians have so far been administered the first dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

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