Lagos Makes Face Mask Wearing Compulsory To Curb Spread Of COVID-19

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has made the wearing of masks compulsory to fight against the coronavirus, according to his latest Twitter update on Sunday.

“Dear Lagosians, even as we observe the lockdown, we are kicking off #MaskUpLagos; the COMPULSORY wearing of face masks in Lagos Face masks help to protect us from droplets and secretions from coughing, sneezing etc as not everyone that is infected will show symptoms.” he tweeted.

“Face masks, combined with frequent hand washing, being conscious about NOT touching our face as well as #SocialDistancing are effective in slowing the spread. The state government is currently producing about 3 million facemasks for distribution to the vulnerable.”
According to Sanwo-Ou, “N95 & surgical masks help our medical workers stay safe while cloth masks made to specifications that will be released by @LSMOH combined with other guidelines will help protect our residents from #COVID19 The virus is in our communities, let’s take this seriously.”

Lagos is one of the state alongside Ogun and Abuj, who have been placed since the end of March under total containment in order to stop the spread of the virus which has officially caused to date 40 deaths and over 1,000confirmed cases in Nigeria.

A decision by President Muhammadu Buhari on the lifting or extension of this containment, which expires on Monday, is expected at any moment. Lagos has threatened penalties and sanctions for anyone who violates the requirement to wear a mask while the virus is spreading among the population, according the Governor’s spokesma, Gbenga Akosile who spoke to AFP.

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