The Lagos State Government has alerted residents about the presence of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It said the alert had become necessary in view of the “steep” rise in the number of positive cases of the virus across the country.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Governor Sanwo-Olu said Lagos State had as of July 7, recorded 60,202 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 357 registered deaths with the test positivity rate going from 1.1 per cent at the end of June to its current rate of 6.6 per cent as at July.
“Fellow Lagosians, starting around the end of March 2021, the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Lagos state began to wind down, and we began to enjoy some reprieve from the worst effects of the virus,” he said.
”Regrettably, in spite of the hard work and dedicated efforts towards sustaining the return to normalcy over the last three months, we are now finding ourselves at what appears to be the start of a potential third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Lagos State.
”From the beginning of July, we started to experience a steep increase in the number of daily confirmed cases, with the test positivity rate going from 1.1 per cent at the end of June 2021 to its current rate of 6.6 per cent as at 8th of July 2021.”
Sanwo-Olu, who noted that only one per cent of the state’s population of more than 20 million had been vaccinated, explained that managing the latest wave is the responsibility of all and sundry.