Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, has ordered the state’s civil servants to stay at home for the next 14 days as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Governor Sanwo-Olu, who gave the directive in a statewide broadcast on Sunday, said the measure is for public officers from grade level one to twelve (12).
“In addition to previous measures, I hereby direct that all public officers in the entire unified public service from grade level one to 12 which constitutes about 70 per cent of our entire workforce should stay at home from Monday, March 23, 2020, for fourteen days at the first instance.
“We’ll review this as time goes on. Members of the public are advised to refrain from visiting any of our physical offices and to transact such businesses as is possible on the phone or online channels,” the governor said.
He, however, said the order does not affect first responders whom he listed to include medical personnel, fire service officers, personnel of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and Lagos Waste Management Authority.
Governor Sanwo-Olu reiterated that all measures are being put in place to curb the spread of the virus and urged residents of the state to maintain the social distancing practice.
He also stated that all those who have just returned from foreign trips must self-isolate for 14 days to be sure that they are free of the virus.
He disclosed that other patients have been evacuated from the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, adding that operational centres are also being set up at the Gbagada General Hospital and five other locations around the state where confirmed cases can be treated.
As at Sunday, Nigeria has recorded 27 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Out of the 27, Lagos has reported 19 cases.