Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State governor, has raised the alarm that over 1,000 returning travellers from red-listed countries – India, South Africa, Brazil, and Turkey, have absconded from isolation in the state.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed this, while giving an update on the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and how the state government is working to curb the spread of the disease.
The governor revealed that a total of 1,073 inbound passengers out of 88,847 who arrived Lagos via the Murtala Mohammed International Airport between May 8 and August 21, have tested positive.
According to him, as of Saturday, the state has identified 5,998 of the returning travellers and successfully isolated 4,500 people who arrived from the red-listed countries, while 1,094 have absconded.
He explained that the COVID-19 protocols on mandatory isolation were put in place by the Presidential Steering Committee to protect Nigeria from an imminent third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He decried that Nigerians who disregard the protocols and abscond from isolation are directly putting the rest of the country at risk.
As of August 21, the state had recorded 70,563 cases, out of which 60,716 have recovered in-community and 4,387 are being managed actively in-community.
Over the course of managing the pandemic, about 5,551 patients have been admitted into various government facilities with 506 registered fatalities.
He said 135 of the fatalities were recorded in the current third wave of the pandemic.