Sanwo-Olu blames late airport, border closures for COVID-19 spread

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said the delayed closure of the country’s borders, seaports and airports, and the failure of returnees to self-isolate, caused the spread of COVID-19.

He said this during an Instalive interview with CNN on Wednesday.

According to the governor, Lagos was prepared to curb the spread of COVID-19 but had to wait for the Federal Government to shut airports, seaports and land borders.

The PUNCH reports that though Nigeria recorded its first COVID-19 death on February 27, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), officially shut the country’s airports, seaports and borders on March 29.

As of March 29 when the President shut the country’s airports, seaports and borders, Nigeria had recorded 111 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death.

When asked about the preparedness of Lagos State, Sanwo-Olu said, “Given the population that we have, we are a bit ahead in terms of preparation as a state, but we are sub-national. We couldn’t give directives as to when Nigeria should close the airport, seaport, or in-land border.

“We don’t have control over that. We were just wrapping up our own facilities and training officials, and that was why we were able to track the index case over two months now.

“In the country, 33 or 34 states have had one case or the other. For us, it is a double X thing. The population is huge, so we will be fooling ourselves to just think that it is going to be a spike and we will be out of it. Because we did not close all of the importations early and people were not also doing full isolation when they came, it was really difficult for us to do contact tracing before it got to the community – which is where we are now.”

The governor also reiterated that Lagos might be recording a large number of cases “soon”, adding that over 7,000 samples had been tested in the state.

He said, “Testing kits were rationed and we could not do more than we were given.”
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