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UPDATED: COVID-19: Lagos Announces Beginning Of 4th Wave

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has alerted Nigerians of an impending fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the positivity rate has indicated that Nigeria may soon be faced with a surge in infections.

The governor, who stated this in a statement he personally signed on Tuesday, blamed the development on the non-adherence to preventive measures by Nigerians.

According to the governor, as of December 5, the state had recorded a total of 78,564 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with a total of, 71,977 certified to have recovered in community while 612 are still being managed actively in community.

He said; “…most of the continents of the world – including Africa – are now experiencing a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, Lagos State is not left out as we are also experiencing the beginnings of a fourth wave with the current positivity rate at 6 per cent.”

The governor said the new positivity rate is against the rates of 0.1 per cent as of the middle of November 2021.

Mitigation strategies
The governor said the state would do everything within its capacities to ensure the protection of Lagos residents. He said the percentage of the vaccinated residents of the state would be increased from the current 1.6 per cent to 30 per cent.

Mr Sanwo-Olu said; “I have specifically mandated the Lagos State Ministry of Health to administer eight million doses to four million residents by the 25th of December 2021 under the Count Me In campaign. We have deployed a robust strategy that involves the private sector to improve


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