Sanwo-Olu mandates wearing of face-masks to curtail COVID-19 spread

The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced on Monday, April 20 that the enforcement of wearing of face mask in public places in the state will commence next week.

Sanwo-Olu made this declaration during a press briefing at the State House, Marina; regarding an update of fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

According to Sanwo-Olu, over one million of locally-made face mask have been contracted out to tailors locally and will be distributed during the week.

“From next week, we are going to be enforcing the wearing of face mask in public places. Over a million has been commissioned to tailors and will be distributed during the week,” the governor said.

The governor, who disclosed that the state had recorded 14 deaths, however, urged the citizens not to panic, adding: “It’s important we do not panic, this pandemic will be over and a sizeable number of our people will get well.”

He also appealed to those feeling symptoms of COVID-19 to present themselves for a test; disclosing that two more isolation centres at Landmark Centre and Gbagada would be opened on Tuesday.

“The society should desist from stigmatisation. Once certified negative, they are free to join their families and society. We are hoping to open two isolation centres at Landmark Centre and Gbagada,” Sanwo-Olu added.

“We have seen increased of infected people from our neighbouring countries. The increased in numbers is evidence of our strategy to rip off the virus.

“We have seen that people that are suspected to have the virus have declined to present themselves or going to private hospitals. The isolation centres are not death centres,” he assured.

On security, the governor said the government would continue with “show of force day and night,” adding; “Our people should be able to go to bed with their two eyes closed.”

He also warned against spreading of fake news, urging the media to verify information before they were shared.


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