No social distancing as Lagosians resume activities amid COVID-19 pandemic

No social distancing as Lagosians resume activities amid COVID-19 pandemic

- Activities have resumed in Lagos state following President Buhari's announcement to ease the COVID-19 lockdown

- Despite being the epicenter of coronavirus in Nigeria, Lagosians were seen violating safety guidelines

- Lagos residents were seen wearing protective gear such as face masks, but no social distancing was observed

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Following President Muhammadu Buhari's announcement to ease the COVID-19 (coronavirus) lockdown directive, Lagosians were seen trooping out on Monday, May 4, to resume their daily activities.

However, some Lagos state residents were seen violating the safety guidelines recommended by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Though some of these violators were seen protective measure gears such as face masks, nonetheless, no social distancing was observed.

On the other hand, commercial vehicles like Danfo drivers insisted on carrying their full load of passengers who were seen without a face mask.

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The crowd at some banks was quite alarming.

Recall that the Nigerian leader eased the lockdown measures imposed on Lagos, Abuja and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja beginning from Monday, May 4.

The president made this known in a nationwide broadcast to Nigerians on Monday, April 27, after the end of a one-month lockdown since Monday, March 30.

President Buhari stated that the decision is in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, various federal government committees and the Nigeria Governors Forum.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that Sanwo-Olu on Friday, May 1, had informed government workers in the state at level 14 and above to return to their offices on Monday, May 4, through the head of service in Lagos, Hakeem Muri-Okunola.

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But on Sunday, May 3, the governor instructed all civil servants, irrespective of level, to remain and work from home. He noted that this decision is to avoid overcrowding in the state which could lead to a hike in the number of locally transmitted coronavirus cases.

The governor added that only emergency workers and government operatives on special duties are allowed to be at work on Monday.

In other news, Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Friday, May 1, spoke on a basic reality of coronavirus in Nigeria.

Responding to the issue of stigmatisation with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on coronavirus in Abuja, Ihekweazu said that Nigerians will have to live with the reality of the disease until a vaccine is found for it.

The NCDC boss, therefore, said that it is unfortunate for anyone to stigmatise persons who are known to have contracted the pandemic.

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