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COVID19: Lagos State to mandate facemasks as community cases increase

by Ayodeji Onibalusi
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The Lagos State Governor, His Excellency, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced on Monday, 20th of April the plan to start mandating wearing facemasks in public as community cases begin to rise, OYOGist.com has learned.

The Governor made this announcement during a press briefing to discuss the efforts and plans of the State towards the fight against COVID-19, where he revealed that the numbers had risen due to “house-to-house contact tracing”.

“Lagos is now seeing a slow spread of community transmission of COVID19 and as such we are considering mandatory use of face masks in our plan to contain COVID19,” Sanwo-Olu said.

“The rise in new cases is as a success of our house-to-house contact tracing and ramping up of tests across 20 LGAs.

The Governor revealed plans to start producing locally-made facemasks that are approved by the NCDC.

The Governor also urged people to avoid stigmatizing against recovered COVID-19 patients in order to allow those with travel history to come forward for treatment.

“Let us avoid stigmatising those who have been discharged as this will encourage those experiencing symptoms to come forward instead of seeking private help and hiding travel history,” the Governor said.

“We have commissioned local production of face masks certified by our healthcare professionals for our residents.”

OYOGist.com recalls that the NCDC did not record any COVID-19 case in Lagos on Monday after a sharp rise to 70 cases on Sunday, 19th of April. Whereas cases in Kano have risen sharply, with 23 confirmed cases reported on Monday.


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