…Blames in-bound passengers for spread of virus
Amidst a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Lagos State government has disclosed that over 500 death cases have been recorded so far at various isolation centres across the State.
It added that the third wave that the State and other parts of Nigeria are experiencing was as a direct result of the importation of cases from other countries tagged: ‘Red listed countries’, where the pandemic is very active, like South Africa, India, Brazil and Turkey.
The State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, revealed this yesterday, while giving an update on the management of third-wave in the State.
According to Abayomi: “Since the commencement of the isolation of passengers from the red-listed countries, the Lagos State response has successfully quarantined 4,448 passengers as at August 19, 2021, and identified 58 Passengers of Interest, who tested positive to the Covid-19 virus despite a negative test on arrival; and would have hitherto contributed to the on-going third wave, which has claimed over 500 deaths recorded at our isolation centres.
“The State government is, in fact, now more committed than ever to fully implementing all COVID protocols without fear or favour. Our conviction of ensuring public health security and safety outweighs any other considerations. This is why the travel guidelines are so important in minimising the impact on our citizens and economy”.
The commissioner, however, narrated how a defaulting international traveller recently, flouted a Coronavirus Law of 2021, saying the offender would be prosecuted accordingly.
“It is worthy of note that hotels that are utilised for the isolation of ‘Passengers of Interest’ (POIs) from the red-listed countries also accommodate other guests, on the condition that entire floors are dedicated to isolating these passengers without mixing with other guests.
“It is the responsibility of the passengers in quarantine to adhere to the laid down protocols or face the consequences of the law if otherwise”, he emphasised.