COVID-19: Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu Directs Compulsory Use of Face Mask Starting From Monday

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Saturday, announced compulsory use of face mask by residents from Monday, April 27, as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Sanwo-Olu revealed that the move is aimed at decongesting the prisons in view of the ravaging deadly COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the freed prisoners included aged and physically challenged as well as those with minor offences, among other considerations.

The Governor, who made the remarks during a life broadcast on the update of COVID-19 situation in the state, eight in the series, held at the state House Marina, said the rise in the number of confirmed cases of the virus in the state indicated a fast spread of community transmission, noting that there was need to strengthen and ramp up the government’s response to contain the infectious disease, hence, the compulsory use of face mark in the state.

It is instructive to note that new evidence has shown that COVID-19 might be able to spread through the air. It also seems to be contagious even though people who do not have symptoms to show they are infected.

According to Sanwo-Olu, “I have touched on the issue of masks a few times in previous addresses. Let me now formally announce that face masks are now compulsory in public places in Lagos State by Monday, April 27. Failure to use masks in public will invite sanctions and penalties.

“We have commenced arrangements for the production of large quantities of face-masks for the use of the people of Lagos State. This is indeed a great opportunity for many businesses, small and large, in the State, to contribute to the Covid-19 response while also getting a chance to do business and earn money.

“I want to appeal to the private sector to please patronise these manufacturers, and purchase these masks for distribution to your employees.

“I would also like to urge everyone to please leave the medical-grade N-95 masks for the use of medical workers who need them the most. All of us, who are not medical workers should make do with simple cloth masks.”

He disclosed that about three million locally-made face masks had been contracted and are due for distribution to various strata of public by next week.

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