Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday raised the alarm over the increasing cases of covid-19 and its daily death toll of six in the last one week.
Sanwo-Olu noted that Lagos has recorded 30 deaths since the third wave of Covid-19 Infection began in Lagos State.
He said: “From the beginning of July, we started to experience an increase in the number of daily confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lagos State, with the positivity rate going from 1.1% at the end of June 2021 to 7% at the end of July 2021.
“As at the 1st of August 2021, the positivity rate in Lagos is 8.9%. This is an 8-fold increase over the recorded figure a month ago, and it should rightly alarm all of us. This has resulted in 4,300 confirmed cases in July alone and 352 admissions into our isolation facilities.
“We have, sadly, recorded 390 fatalities in Lagos State, 30 of which have taken place in this current 3rd wave of the pandemic.
“Essentially, we have recorded on average six deaths per day since last week.”
Sanwo-Olu noted that following the receipt of the first instalment of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Federal Government, the state government administered 404,414 first doses and 243,374 second doses of the vaccine to residents.
“As of today, the percentage of residents of Lagos that have received 2 doses of the vaccine stands at 1%. This is quite low, especially considering that we are now confronted by a third wave, and we are exploring all avenues possible to ramp up access to vaccination so as to reach our herd immunity target of administering vaccines to at least 60% of the population of Lagos State.
“Experience from other regions of the world shows that majority of the confirmed cases that have resulted in death were in unvaccinated persons.
“This is why we are seriously looking to scale up vaccination coverage for our people. On the 1st of August 2021, Nigeria received 4 million doses of the Moderna vaccine. It is our expectation that as the epicentre of the epidemic, Lagos State will receive a sizeable amount of this allocation.
“This vaccine cannot be mixed with the AstraZeneca vaccine, so it will only be for people that have not been previously vaccinated.
“We are still expecting the second 5 allocation of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and will inform you when it is received,” the governor added.
He enjoined residents not to lose guard on the non pharmaceutical protocols and compliance, warning that anyone caught violating the protocols in public places would be prosecuted.
Governor Sanwo-olu appealed to students on summer holiday to adhere strictly with Covid-19 protocols and report any suspicious symptoms in their schools to the Eko telemed free toll line.