Delayed closure of borders, airports caused COVID-19 to spread - Sanwo-Olu
- Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has made a statement regarding the spread of coronavirus
- The governor noted that the delayed closure of borders, airports caused COVID-19 to spread
- Sanwo-Olu revealed this during an Instalive interview on Wednesday, April 29, with CNN
Following the outbreak of the global pandemic called coronavirus, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has credited the delayed closure of the borders, seaport, and airports in Nigeria as the cause of COVID-19 spreading.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor who disclosed this during an Instalive interview with CNN on Wednesday, April 29, also said the failure of returning travellers to self-isolate was another reason for the disease spreading in Nigeria.
Sanwo-Olu went on to note that though Lagos was prepared to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the state had to wait for airport, seaport and land borders to be shut by the federal government.
Back in February when the index case was reported, Nigeria's airports and land borders were not shut until Monday, March 23.
Sanwo-Olu speaking about the state’s preparedness against the deadly virus said: “Given the population that we have, we are a bit ahead in terms of preparation, as a state, but we are sub-national. We couldn’t give directives as to when Nigeria should close the airport, seaport, or in-land border.
“We don’t have control over that. We were just wrapping up our own facilities and the training officials, and that was why we were able to track the index case over two months now."
He added that more COVID-19 cases may be recorded in Lagos state soon as over 7000 samples had been tested in the state alone.
He said: “We are pretty much getting to the peak season. We will soon see a large number because testing is now wrapped up. It is a public health issue and we needed to take our protocols from NCDC and other international organisations.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Lagos state government on Thursday, April 30, released different statistics in the number of deaths caused by the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.
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The released numbers are quite different from the ones released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for Wednesday, April 29.
According to NCDC in its daily release, the number of deaths associated with coronavirus is 21 while the state claimed that only 20 people had lost their lives as a result of the disease. The state government reported only one death for the period in question while NCDC reported two loss for the state.
Similarly, an unnamed nurse and her mother have reportedly tested positive for coronavirus after showing symptoms of Covid-19 in Imokun, Epe local government area of Lagos state.
The nurse works at a private hospital. She and her mother’s test results became known on Sunday, April 26.
It should be noted that prior to the latest development, the town was one of the three local governments in the state that were yet to record any case of the virus.
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