Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday resolved to go into self-isolation after one of his close aides tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
A statement signed by the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said Governor Sanwo-Olu and other members of his team were scheduled for tests by the Lagos State biobank yesterday but would remain in isolation until the results of the tests were released.
“We are seeing slightly increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases in clusters in Lagos and all Lagosians should adhere to the prescribed advisories of safe distancing, good hand and respiratory hygiene and avoidance of unnecessary gatherings,” the statement said.
“He has had at least three (COVID-19 tests) since May when he announced that 10 of his aides had tested positive for the virus,” the statement added.
Latest public health advisory from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) yesterday revealed that 73 per cent of the new cases of Covid-19 recorded across the country came from Lagos and Kaduna states as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The NCDC further revealed that testing for Covid-19 has declined in 12 states, namely Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Yobe, Borno, Gombe, Bauchi, Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa, Benue and Anambra.
The NCDC stressed that the country is witnessing a sharp increase in the number of new infections in the past week (November 30 to December 6) compared to the period between September and November.
Very Important dignitaries on Friday shunned the wedding reception of the son of the Chief of Army Staff, Mr Hamisu Tukur Buratai and Amina Muhammad Ali, following the second wave of the pandemic that has hit the Nigerian military.
The NCDC advisory stated: “As of the 10th of December 2020, just over 71,000 confirmed cases and 1,190 deaths have been reported across 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“Since the beginning of September to the end of November 2020, Nigeria has recorded a gradual increase in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country.
“However, in the last week (30th of November to the 6th of December) our surveillance system has recorded a sharp increase in cases.
“The average number of daily cases recorded in the last week was higher than was recorded between September and November.
“The Covid-19 situation continues to differ across states. While there has been an increase in the number of cases across 23 states in the country, majority (73 per cent) of the cases detected were from Lagos, Kaduna and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“Eight of the 23 states with an increase in the number of cases reported a record high number of weekly cases last week.”
The NCDC said there had been an increase in the number of tests carried out nationwide in the last five weeks.
It added: “It is important to note that in the last week, the proportion of people who have tested positive among those tested increased from 3.9 per cent to 6.0 per cent when compared to the previous week.
“However, in the last week, there has been a decline in the rate of testing across 12 states. These are Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Yobe, Borno, Gombe, Bauchi, Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa, Benue and Anambra.
The NCDC will continue to work with all states to scale up both demand for and access to COVID-19 testing.
“Given the epidemiology of the virus, the increase in cross country travel and poor testing rates, none of these states can report to have full control over the pandemic yet.
“As part of the measures to reduce the risk of an increase in cases associated with international travel, the PTF-COVID-19 instituted measures that are enforced through a travel protocol.
“Through these measures, we have mitigated to some extent the impact of travel on the epidemic in Nigeria. However, the advice for now is to avoid non-essential travel altogether.”
The NCDC advised Nigerians to adhere to safety measures. Among them are: Limit all non-essential domestic and international travel; Always wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth when in public settings, such as marketplace, office, schools, religious settings etc; Maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres from others in public settings; Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer when hands are not visibly dirty and running water is not readily available; Avoid direct contact with people such as hugging and handshaking; Cover your mouth and nose properly with a tissue paper, or your elbow when sneezing and/or coughing; Dispose of the tissue properly immediately after use and wash your hands.
“Others are: Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of a respiratory illness; Stay at home if you feel unwell and call your state helpline; Public settings including religious settings, businesses, markets should ensure adherence to public health and safety measures; and Vulnerable groups, that is, people 60 and above and/or people with pre-existing medical conditions should avoid non-essential outings and visitors. Where possible, have a friend or family member bring you supplies.”
The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that has hit the Nigerian military on Friday forced very important dignitaries to shun the wedding reception of the son of the Chief of Army Staff, Mr Hamisu Tukur Buratai and Amina Muhammad Ali.
The reception earlier scheduled to hold at the Jumu’at Mosque and residence of the late Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed (Sarkin Hausawa), No. 2, Lake Kariba Close, Maitama, Abuja was reportedly shifted to the Command Officers’ Mess in Asokoro.
Efforts made to get clarifications from the Army were unsuccessful as the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sagir Musa, rebuffed the calls made to his phone.
It could not be confirmed at press time on Friday if the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, attended the event.
Earlier, a statement signed by the Army spokesperson scaling down the number of guests for the occasion informed that Buratai would not be in attendance, as he would be going into self isolation.
The statement said: “This is to inform Your Excellencies, Your Royal Highnesses, Distinguished Senators, Honourable Members, Respected Elders, Friends, Brothers, Sisters and other Invited Guests that due to the resurgence of COVID-19 Pandemic in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja in what appears to be a second wave of infection cycle and the unfortunate incident on Tuesday, 8 December 2020, where an officer participating in the ongoing Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference 2020 here in Abuja tested positive to COVID-19, which resulted in the cancellation of the remaining activities of the conference.
“All the participants (are) mandated to immediately proceed on self isolation in line with the Federal Government’s protocol for COVID 19 and to prevent any further spread of the disease.
“Consequently, the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai wishes to inform all dignitaries and other invited guests that activities earlier scheduled for the wedding of his son Mr Hamisu Tukur Buratai will proceed as arranged albeit pruned down without the participation of all those who were at the conference.
“The Chief of Army Staff, on behalf of his family, feels honoured to sincerely appreciate, thank and welcome all dignitaries and invited guests to his son’s wedding Fatiha slated for Friday, 11 December, 2020.
“However, due to the resurgence of the pandemic in the FCT, General Buratai will be unable to personally attend to, receive or meet you at the event. All inconveniences hereby regretted please.”