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Covid-19: Sanwo-Olu orders pick up corpses, releases 209 inmates

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Executive Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered families who have corpses of loved ones in mortuaries to pick up the bodies within 2weeks for funeral so as to decongest the facilities and also released 209 inmates of correctional centres in part to decongest correctional centres in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He made this known on his official social platform on Saturday, he said for about two months there have been no funerals in Lagos due to the Lent period and restrictions occasioned by Covid-19 while he said funeral ceremonies can be hold in Lagos State as long as Lagosians comply with the requirements that Government have outlined. He said 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.

He added that if Government 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”, he said. Furthermore, Sanwo-Olu said the release of inmates is part of a larger effort to bring lasting reform to the administration of criminal justice in the country. “As at midnight yesterday April 24, 2020, Lagos State has a total of 670 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

What this means is that we have seen a 76 per cent increase in our 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.

He urged Lagosians to follow all health advisory, stay at home and observe a high level of personal hygiene and “take note, the use of face masks is now compulsory in public places in Lagos State”, he said

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