Fraudster Injects 92-Year-Old Woman With Fake COVID-19 Vaccine

File photo: A nurse prepares to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy’s Hospital in London, on December 8, 2020. Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP

 

British police on Friday hunted a fraudster who tricked a 92-year-old woman into handing over £160 to receive a fake coronavirus vaccine jab in what they called a “disgusting and totally unacceptable assault”.

The conman knocked on the door of the pensioner in Surbiton, southwest London, on December 30, claiming to work for the state-run National Health Service (NHS).

She let him into her home, where he jabbed her in the arm with a “dart-like implement” before asking her for £160 ($217, 177 euros), which he said would be refunded.

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The City of London Police, which investigates frauds and other scams, said it was not known what substance was injected, but the victim showed no ill effects.

“It is crucial we catch him as soon as possible as not only is he defrauding individuals of money, he may endanger people’s lives,” said Detective Inspector Kevin Ives.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland police warned internet users about a phishing scam in which they are told they are “eligible” for a vaccine before being asked for bank details.

Britain began a mass vaccination programme on December 8 last year, prioritising care home residents and workers, the over-70s, and other vulnerable groups.

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COVID-19: China Seals Off Two Cities To Tame Outbreak

File photo: Medical staff treating a critical patient infected by the COVID-19 coronavirus with an Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) at the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on March 1, 2020. STR / AFP

 

China has sealed off two cities south of Beijing, cutting transport links and banning millions of residents from leaving, as authorities move to stem the country’s largest Covid-19 outbreak in six months.

The pandemic has so far broadly been brought to heel by Chinese authorities since its emergence in Wuhan in late 2019, with small outbreaks swiftly snuffed out using mass testing, local lockdowns and travel restrictions.

But Hebei province in northern China has seen 127 new Covid-19 cases, plus an additional 183 asymptomatic infections, in the past week.

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The vast majority were found in Shijiazhuang, a city of several million in Hebei province whose surrounding areas take the total population to 11 million. Nine confirmed cases were in the neighbouring city of Xingtai, whose area covers 7 million people.

Residents of both cities were banned from leaving unless absolutely necessary, Hebei authorities announced Friday.

Officials vowed to “strictly control the movement of people and vehicles”, with all residential estates placed under “closed management” — a euphemism for lockdown.

Hebei residents were also banned from entering Beijing or leaving the province unless absolutely necessary.

“The outbreak was imported from abroad, but the exact origins are currently under in-depth investigation by state, provincial and municipal experts,” said Li Qi, head of the Hebei Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, at a press briefing Friday.

Chinese officials have repeatedly tried to link recurrent domestic outbreaks to strains of the virus circulating overseas, suggesting that it has been brought back into China by returning travellers and contaminated imported food packaging.

There are mounting fears travel plans for hundreds of millions of people for the Lunar New Year may be ruined as virus controls tighten.

Officials are starting to signal a low-key new-year holiday — which will run from February 11 to 17 — nixing the prospect of banquets, parties and public celebrations.

“Mass celebrations, gatherings and fairs are forbidden,” said Kang Sen, of Beijing’s agriculture and rural affairs authority, adding even funerals should be “brief” and all public events would need prior approval.

His comments, carried over state media, appeared directed at villages in areas around the capital rather than the city itself.

– Tests, vaccines –
In the two Hebei cities under the spotlight, restrictions were tightened Friday.

Long-distance passenger vehicle transport in both cities was suspended and highways closed.

Footage from state broadcaster CCTV showed residents being swabbed by medical workers in hazmat suits at community centres in Shijiazhuang while queues outside stretched around the block.

Virus control staff stood guard at highways entering the city, which had mostly been blocked by barricades, the images released on Thursday showed.

Hebei province reported 33 new confirmed Covid-19 cases on Friday in addition to 51 from the day before — pushing the nationwide daily total to the highest figure since July.

So far, both cities have tested around 6.7 million residents in total, officials said Friday.

Staff were filmed giving injections of China’s recently approved Sinopharm vaccine, which has a 79 percent efficacy rate.

Three officials from Shijiazhuang’s worst-hit Gaocheng district have been disciplined for apparent negligence in virus control, a sign of the pressure on local authorities to squash the virus wherever it emerges.

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Swedish Official Steps Down After Breaching COVID-19 Guidelines

In this file photo taken on March 20, 2020 Dan Eliasson, General Director at Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency gives a press conference on the coronavirus COVID-19 situation at the government’s headquarters in Stockholm. Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP

 

The head of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) is leaving his post, the agency said Wednesday, after a controversial Christmas trip denounced as a breach of Covid-19 guidelines.

Dan Eliasson, who has headed the agency since 2018, asked the government to reassign him and the government was expected to make a decision shortly, according to a statement from the agency.

The row started after the Eliasson travelled to the Canaries to spend Christmas with his daughter, a resident of the islands, which are located off north Africa.

The daily newspaper Expressen reported that Eliasson had flown out a little over a week after the government had recommended people not to travel overseas unless “necessary”.

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Eliasson defended the visit telling the paper, “I have refrained from a great deal of trips during this pandemic but this one I thought was necessary.”

However, the trip provoked widespread anger and led to several opposition politicians calling for his resignation.

Eliasson said his decision to resign was motivated by those reactions and the impact they would have on the work of the agency. He wanted MSB to “have best conditions to do its important mission”, he said.

“The important thing isn’t me as a person. The important thing is how we as a society handle the pandemic and that all focus is on that incredibly important task.”

Sweden made world headlines for its decision to combat the coronavirus with mostly non-coercive measures rather than enforcing the lockdowns seen across Europe.

Officials have repeatedly urged people to take responsibility, but over the holidays several reports of officials not heeding their own advice emerged, angering sections of the public.

Several politicians appeared to be ignoring guidelines to avoid crowds and not to travel, even if they were not breaking the law.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven was photographed visiting a watch store in central Stockholm.

Justice minister Morgan Johansson was spotted out shopping during the sales between Christmas and the New Year.

And finance minister Magdalena Andersson was photographed renting skies at a Swedish resort just before Christmas.

Mats Knutson, a political commentator for broadcaster SVT, observed that government ministers were perhaps grateful that the MSB’s outgoing chief had got himself into trouble.

“Now all the attention is instead directed at Dan Eliasson,” he wrote.

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COVID-19: Nigeria Confirms 999 New Cases, Four More Deaths

A patient who is suspected of suffering from COVID-19 coronavirus undergoes testing at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital isolation centre on May 10, 2020. Audu MARTE / AFP
File photo: A patient who is suspected of suffering from COVID-19 coronavirus undergoes testing at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital isolation centre on May 10, 2020. Audu MARTE / AFP

 

Nigeria on Tuesday confirmed four more deaths from the coronavirus pandemic with nine hundred and ninety-nine fresh cases to take the country’s total infections from the pandemic to 79,789.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in its latest update about the disease on its official handle, tweeted that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) reported the highest number of infections for the day with four hundred and sixteen fresh cases.

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Seventeen more states had new cases of the virus for the day, with the total deaths from the disease now pegged at one thousand two hundred and twenty-three, the update from the agency further revealed.

According to the NCDC, Lagos had 324 more persons infected with COVID-19; Kaduna – 68; Plateau – 42;  Kwara – 32; Kano – 24; Gombe – 14; Sokoto – 12; Yobe -12; Akwa Ibom – 11; Bayelsa – 10; Rivers – 7;  Bauchi – 7; Ogun – 6; Oyo – 5; Edo – 4; Taraba – 4; Jigawa.

Despite a spike in the number of infections in Africa’s most populous nation, 68,879 patients have been successfully treated and discharged as of Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020.

 

Stricter Measures

On Monday, Nigeria reintroduced measures to curb the rising number of cases in the country, ordering bars and nightclubs to stop operations.

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, the group saddled with advising the Nigerian government on ways to tame the ravaging disease said: “all informal and formal festivity events including weddings, conferences, congresses, office parties, concerts, seminars, sporting activities, end of year events shall be restricted to not more than 50 persons.”

It added that for worship events, “Where more than 50 persons are attending, any such events, the gathering should be held outdoors only.”

Kano State Has One Of The Highest COVID-19 Recovery Rates In Nigeria

A medical official performs a throat swab on a resident of Mabushi in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory Abuja as part of the community testing for COVID-19… on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
File photo: A medical official performs a throat swab on a resident of Mabushi in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory Abuja as part of the community testing for COVID-19 on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Kano State has one of the highest COVID-19 recovery rates in Nigeria, according to data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). 

As of Sunday morning, June 5th, 2020, Kano has 1,264 cases of the virus out of which 1,024 have been treated and discharged, meaning the state has a recovery rate of 63 per cent, one of the highest so far in the country.

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Nigeria reported its first COVID-19 case on February 27th, 2020. Chart: NCDC

 

The data from the NCDC shows that of the reported number of infected persons in Kano State, 52 have died with 188 still active.

Although as at Sunday morning,  Lagos had the highest number of discharged COVID-19 patients in Nigeria – 1,653 –  the figure only accounts for about 15 percent of the 11,045 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state.

Lagos State has also reported 132 deaths from COVID-19, with 9,260 still active, the NCDC figures indicated.

The Genesis

On April 11, Kano confirmed its first case of the pandemic in a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Aminu Tsanyawa.

According to the Commissioner, the patient was diagnosed at the reactivated COVID-19 laboratory test centre at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.

The patient was then reportedly moved to the isolation centre in Kwanar Dawaki, Kano.

Almost a week later – April 16 -the Kano Government said it recorded its first death from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with more infections discovered.

Few days later, there were speculations that the state has more deaths from the virus following a spike in fatality.

But the State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje described the claims as untrue during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.

“That information is not correct because we undertook some survey and investigation (about the initial report of 70 deaths),” he said.

“We found out that it was only 13 deaths in that place and we will soon get a complete report but I assure you that that information is not correct.”

He added that “looking at previous reviews, there is nothing to show that there is an unusual frequency of deaths.”

‘Triggered’ By COVID-19

Following the dust the spike in death in Kano State generated, the Federal Government set up a Ministerial Task Team on a fact-finding mission to the state and five others.

Speaking after the visit of the team which he described as a game-changer, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire said the deaths recorded in Kano may have been ‘triggered’ by COVID-19. 

“With regard to unexplained deaths in Kano which occurred in April, the team confirmed from graveyard records, that a total of 979 deaths were recorded in 8 municipal LGA in the state at a rate of 43 deaths per day, with a peak in the second week of April,” Dr Ehanire said during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19,  Monday, June 8.

“By the beginning of May, the death rate had reduced to the 11 deaths per day it used to be.  The verbal autopsy revealed that about 56% of deaths had occurred at home while 38% were in a hospital. With circumstantial evidence as all to go by, investigation suggests that between 50-60% of the deaths may have been triggered by or due to COVID-19, in the face of preexisting ailments.”

Kano Labs ‘Back Up’

On April 29th, the NCDC reopened the testing laboratory for COVID-19 in Kano State.

The Director-General of the organization, Chikwe Ihekweazu said  this on his Twitter handle.

“Thanks to incredible efforts of a joint Team from @NCDCgov @KNSMOH @aminukanoth & our partners, the COVID-19 lab at AKTH, Kano is back up & testing has resumed,” he said.

“A 2nd lab at Bayero University Kano will be activated tomorrow.

In The Spotlight

On May 4th, Dr Ihekweazu said the agency is now focusing a lot of its energies on Kano, rather than Lagos, in its coronavirus response.

The agency’s DG said the focus was due to the “emerging issue in Kano.”

“It is not because Lagos is not important,” the NCDC boss said, adding that they will continue to support the state, which has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases.

“We have actually had a number of colleagues to stay there and ensure that things are working well,” the NCDC boss explained.

“The speed of testing is a little bit slower, but that is the price that we have to pay in order to get this up and running.”

Returning To Normal

Last Thursday, Governor Ganduje suspended the lockdown earlier declared in the state.

He also banned street hawking and begging, adding that it was compulsory for residents to wear face masks in public places.

The governor declared that final year students could resume school while all civil servants from Grade Level 12 should resume work from Monday next week.

Kano State has been on lockdown since April 16 after the positive COVID-19 cases witnessed a significant rise.

VIDEO: Channels Television visits the Muhammadu Buhari COVID-19 Isolation Centre in Kano State where some patients are currently receiving treatment.

 

 

Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases Worsen As Country Reports 544 Fresh Infections

A graphic published by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on July 05, 2020, displaying the nation’s COVID-19 statistics. [email protected]

 

 

Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases continued to rise as the country on Sunday reported 544 fresh infections. 

This is according to a tweet by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which said the new figure brings the West African nation’s total confirmed cases to 28,711.

The agency said the new COVID-19 cases were reported in 18 states in the country and the Federal Capital with Lagos State having the highest number of infections for Sunday –  199.

Other states which had new COVID-19 cases include Ebonyi – 65,  Oyo – 47, Ondo – 46, Ogun – 31, Edo – 30, FCT – 28, Katsina – 25 and Plateau – 15.

The rest are: Bayelsa – 11, Kaduna – 10,  Adamawa – 10, Akwa Ibom – 8, Gombe – 7, Kano – 4, Taraba – 3, Rivers -2, Abia – 2,  Ekiti -1.

So far, 11,665 persons who contracted the virus have been discharged in Nigeria with 645 deaths recorded, according to the NCDC.

 

Of the total number of confirmed infections in the country, Lagos leads with 11,244 out of which 9,436 are still active while 1,676 have recovered from the virus.

The FCT is next  – 2,181 cases –  while Oyo State comes third and has 1,513 persons with the virus, the NCDC data showed.

Going Global

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 531,789 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Sunday.

At least 11,343,890 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 5,906,500 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.

Many countries are testing only symptomatic or the most serious cases.

Since 1900 GMT on Saturday, 4,205 new deaths and 182,459 new cases were recorded worldwide. The countries with the most new deaths were Brazil with 1,091 new deaths, followed by India with 613, and Mexico with 523.

The United States is the worst-hit country with 129,718 deaths from 2,852,807 cases. At least 894,325 people have been declared recovered.

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Over 10 Million Coronavirus Cases Registered Worldwide

View of a crowded street in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina state, Brazil, on May 12, 2020 amid the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. EDUARDO VALENTE / AFP
File: View of a crowded street in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina state, Brazil, on May 12, 2020 amid the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. EDUARDO VALENTE / AFP

 

More than 10 million cases of the new coronavirus have been officially declared around the world, half of them in Europe and the United States, according to an AFP tally at 0930 GMT Sunday based on official sources.

At least 10,003,942 infections, including 498,779 deaths, have been registered globally.

Europe remains the hardest hit continent with 2,637,546 cases including 195,975 fatalities, while the United States has 2,510,323 infections including 125,539 deaths.

The rate of infections worldwide continues to rise, with one million new cases recorded in just six days.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.

Many countries are testing only symptomatic or the most serious cases and some do not have the capacity to carry out widescale testing.

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COVID-19: Lagos Govt Discharges 36 Recovered Patients

A patient who is suspected of suffering from COVID-19 coronavirus undergoes testing at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital isolation centre on May 10, 2020. Audu MARTE / AFP
File: A patient who is suspected of suffering from COVID-19 coronavirus undergoes testing at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital isolation centre on May 10, 2020. Audu MARTE / AFP

 

Thirty-six fully recovered COVID-19 patients have been discharged by the Lagos State Government on Thursday. 

This is according to a tweet on the Lagos State Ministry of Health official handle handle which explained that the recovered patients were discharged after testing negative to the virus.

While giving a breakdown of the recovered patients, the Ministry of Health said 11 of the patients are females while 25 are males.

“The patients; 9 from Onikan, 8 from Gbagada, 7 from Agidingbi, 4 from Eti-Osa (LandMark) and 8 from Lekki Isolation Centres were discharged after testing negative to COVID-19,” the statement explained.

“With this, the number of COVID-19 cases successfully managed and discharged in Lagos has risen to 1364.”

More Infections

On Wednesday, Nigeria recorded 649 new COVID-19 cases as infections from the virus rose to 22, 020.

This was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which explained that the new cases were reported in 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

Statistics from the NCDC show that Lagos remains the epicentre of the virus with 250 new cases, closely followed by Oyo State with 100 cases.

Similarly, Plateau and Delta both had 40 fresh cases of the virus.

COVID-19: Lagos Discharges 45 Recovered Patients

A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu
A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

 

The Lagos State Government has discharged 45 recovered COVID-19 patients after they tested negative to the virus.

This was revealed in a tweet on the Lagos State Ministry of Health official handle on Sunday.

According to a breakdown given by the Ministry, the recovered and discharged patients include 18 females and 27 males.

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“Today, 45 fully recovered COVID-19 Lagos patients; 18 females and 27 males were discharged from our Isolation facilities to reunite with the society,” the statement noted.

It further explained that 20 of the patients were discharged from the Gbagada Isolation Centre, nine from Onikan, two from the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, one from Agidingbi, one from Lekki and 12 from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

“With this, the number of COVID-19 cases successfully managed and discharged in Lagos has risen to 1328,” the ministry said, urging Lagosians to keep doing their “part to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Infection Rate On The Rise

On Saturday, Nigeria recorded 661 more positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) – one of the highest figures reported so far in the country.

This was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in a tweet on Saturday night, saying 19 more people died of complications related to the virus.

Giving a further update on the outbreak of the disease, the health agency noted that the new cases were reported in 13 states across the country and the Federal Capital Territory.

It added that Nigeria now has 19,808 confirmed cases of COVID-19, out of which 6,718 have been discharged with 506 others dead.

Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases Surpass 16,000 As Gombe Tops Daily Infections

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A graphic published by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on June 14, 2020, displaying the country’s COVID-19 statistics.

 

Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases surpassed 16,000 on Sunday as Gombe State had the highest number of infections – 73 – for the day.

This was revealed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in a late-night tweet on its official handle where it added that the country had 403 new cases of the virus.

According to the agency, Lagos State trails Gombe in reported cases for the day with 68 new infections, followed by Kano State where 46 more people got the virus.

Other states with new COVID-19 cases are: Edo (36); FCT (35); Nasarawa (31);  Kaduna (17);  Oyo (16); Abia (15) and Delta (13).

A further breakdown of the latest figures from the Federal Government agency showed that they were new cases of the disease in the following states: Borno (13); Plateau (8); Niger (7); Rivers (7); Enugu (6); Ogun (6); Kebbi (3); Ondo (1); Anambra (1) and Imo (1).

The latest figures bring the number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the West African country to 16,085 with 5,220 discharged.

Of the number of persons infected, 420 are dead, according to the NCDC.

Global Outlook 

In a tally from official sources compiled by AFP, 431,193 people, globally, have died from the virus as at 1900 GMT on Sunday.

Not less than 7,848,160 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 3,534,200 are considered recovered.

The figures, using data taken by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.

Nigeria Records 260 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Infections Now 12, 486

A graphic published by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control showing the nation’s COVID-19 statistics on June 7, 2020.

 

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 260 new positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

NCDC disclosed this in a tweet on Sunday night, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 12, 486.

According to the health agency, Abia State recorded the highest number of infections for the day in the country with 67 cases while the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Lagos State had 40 and 38 cases respectively.

A further breakdown of the new cases showed that Ogun State has 19 infections, Gombe (16), Edo (14), Imo (9), Kwara (8) and Katsina (8).

Others are Nasarawa (8), Borno (8), Kaduna (6), Bauchi (5), Ekiti (4), Niger (2), Ondo (2), Plateau (2), Kano (2), and Sokoto (2).

Of the number of positive cases in Nigeria, 3959 persons have fully recovered and discharged with 354 deaths, according to the latest figure from the NCDC. 

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 400,581 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Sunday.

At least 6,949,890 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 3,030,800 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.

Several nations are testing only symptomatic cases or the most serious ones.

COVID-19: Lagos Govt Orders All Commercial Drivers, Conductors To Wear Masks, Gloves While Driving

 

The Lagos State government has ordered all bus drivers and conductors to wear masks and gloves while driving, as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease.

The state Ministry of Transportation said this in a statement in which it outlined various preventive guidelines for all public transport operators.

Beyond wearing gloves and masks, drivers have been asked to sanitize their parks and garages.

They have also been asked to make alcohol-based sanitizers available for both themselves and passengers, as well as thermometers to check the temperature of each passenger before boarding.

The government has also stated that all commercial buses including the yellow buses a.k.a (Danfo) should avoid loading passengers to full capacity but should keep it at 60% capacity, while also ensuring that there is enough space (at least 2m or 5feet) between passengers.

“Passenger are also expected to report any Operator/Company that does not comply with these guidelines to the Monitoring Officer at sight or write to the Ministry, stating the Vehicle Registration Number, Park and Time,” the statement read.

See the full statement below.

LAGOS STATEMENT
MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION
PRESS STATEMENT
Monday, 23rd March 2020.

COVID 19: Public transport preventive measures guidelines to curb further spread of coronavirus in buses, cabs, motor parks and garages.

As part of the efforts by the Lagos State Government to further prevent a State- widespread of COVID-19 especially in motor parks, garages and other public transportation-related environment, the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation is hereby notifying the general public through this statement that the following guidelines are henceforth compulsory for all stakeholders in public Transportation in the State to comply with:

1. All Transport Operators/Companies are expected to sanitize their parks and garages regularly and continuously (at least before and after each trip)

2. All Transport Operators/Companies are expected to have at the entrance to their respective parks/garages, washing hand equipment with soap and running water.
3. All Operators are expected to have alcohol-based sanitizers in their Vehicles for the use of Drivers, Conductors and Passengers
4. All Operators are not allowed to overcrowd/overload their vehicles at this point in time, Passenger’s spacing must be fully observed. NCDC recommends that at least 2m (5feet) distance is required between anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness.
5. No standing in all BRT and LBSL bus operations

6. All buses should be at 60% capacity and not 100% (i.e danfo and other commercial buses)

7. All Air Conditioning System in public transport be put off

8. All public transport Operators/Company must have a temperature reader to test each passenger before boarding the bus

9. All drivers and conductors should always wear hand gloves and nose guides while in transit

10. All passengers are also required to sanitize themselves before and after each trip

11. Passengers are also required to regularly wash their hands with soap and running water before and after each trip

12. Operators/Companies and passengers are expected to report any suspected case of COVID-19 to the Ministry of Transportation or call 08000CORONA

13. Passenger are also expected to report any Operator/Company that does not comply with these guidelines to the Monitoring Officer at sight or write to the Ministry, stating the Vehicle Registration Number, Park and Time.

With this directive well disseminated to you our transport Stakeholders and the men of the realms of the fourth estate, we are confident that together we can put off this ranging fire of COVID-19.

Together we can stop further spread of the virus in Lagos State and Nigeria.

I thank you for listening and God bless.

Signed:
Dr Frederic Oladeinde
Hon. Commissioner for Transportation.