Lagos state authorities announced on Saturday, September 19, that certain recreational establishments in the city have been allowed to reopen with immediate effect. The state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced on Saturday that cinemas, gyms, spas, and other recreational centers will now be allowed to reopen. Specifically, cinemas will be required to allow a maximum of 33 percent of their official capacities. Prior to reopening, these establishments must obtain the necessary certifications from the Lagos State Safety Commission.
Additionally, international flight operations resumed on September 5. The determination to resume flights was issued by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV) in Abuja and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) in Lagos have since reopened to international flights.
As of September 19, health authorities have confirmed a total of 56,956 COVID-19 cases with 1094 associated deaths in Nigeria. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on the skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.
Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue - throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.
Copyright and Disclaimer