Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appealed to residents to comply with all COVID-19 protocols while warning of the third wave of the pandemic.
Sanwo-Olu made this appeal on Sunday while pointing out that the state is experiencing what “appears to be the start of a potential 3rd wave of the COVID-19 pandemic”.
He revealed that the bed occupancy rate in two isolation centres in the state has increased from one percent to six percent within the last two weeks.
He added that the test positivity rate has moved from 1.1 percent at the end of June 2021 to its current rate of 6.6 percent.
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“From the beginning of July, we started to experience a steep increase in the number of daily confirmed cases, with the test positivity rate going from 1.1% at the end of June 2021 to its current rate of 6.6% as at 8th of July 2021,” the governor said in a statement on Sunday.
“The rapid increase within a week gives great cause for concern. Also, within the last two weeks, the occupancy rate at our 2 isolation centres increased from an average of 1% to 6%.
“This is the new and disturbing reality that now confronts us. But we must not be demoralized by this. We must instead resolve that we will not leave any stone unturned in our bid to effectively mitigate the third wave of this pandemic in Lagos state.”
He asked churches, mosques and other public places to comply with the 50 percent capacity order so as to help in efforts to contain the third wave of the pandemic.