Category: Reports | Posted date: 2020-04-25 23:24:10 | Posted by: Mercy-Babs News
The Governor worried that for about two months there had been no funerals in Lagos due to the Lent period and restrictions occasioned by Covid-19 pandemic
The Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has given an order to families who have corpses of loved ones in the state mortuaries across the state to collect them for funeral within 2 weeks or have them buried in a mass burial by the state government.
This he said was a necessary move to decongest the state facilities.
The Governor worried that for about two months there had been no funerals in Lagos due to the Lent period and restrictions occasioned by Covid-19 pandemic.
Giving the order earlier today, Sanwolu assured the concerned families that there is no directive from Lagos state government preventing them from holding funerals as long as they are ready to comply with the requirements outlined in the state.
According to him, “You can hold funeral ceremonies in Lagos State as long as you comply with the requirements that we have outlined, which are as follows: the total number of persons at the funeral, including officiating religious leaders, must not exceed 20; appropriate physical distancing must be maintained at the funeral ceremony, all attendees/mourners must use masks and ensure they wash their hands after the ceremony.”
Sanwo-Olu added that there must be no receptions or parties to accompany the funerals.
“There also must be NO receptions or parties to accompany these funerals; be rest assured that as long as these directives are fully complied with, funerals will be allowed and encouraged to take place.
“If we are unable to see a decongestion of the mortuaries across the State in the next two weeks, the Lagos State Government will be compelled to carry out mass burials to achieve this. We do not want to be forced to do this, which is why we are asking for your cooperation in this regard” the Governor stated.
He said as at midnight yesterday April 24, 2020, Lagos State had a total of 670 confirmed cases of Covid-19. This he explained to be 76 percent increase in the number of confirmed cases within four days— an average of 70 cases daily.
“This increase shows three things; One, that we are now firmly in the community transmission phase of this pandemic in Lagos; Two, that our strategy of ramping up testing especially within local communities is working, and, Three, that this is not the time for us to relax or to slow down in the efforts we are making to break the chain of transmission” he said.
The Governor, who also declared that the use of face masks is now compulsory in the state, enjoined the people of the state to continue to follow all health advisory against the ravaging virus; stay at home and observe a high level of personal hygiene.