COVID-19: WHO expects a lengthy pandemic that will be felt for decades

 nairametrics.com  08/02/2020 10:50:21 

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The committee expects the COVID-19 to remain a public health emergency of international concern.

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The Emergency Committee on COVID-19, which was convened by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have a lengthy duration.

A statement that was issued by the Committee on Saturday, which was seen by Nairametrics, also noted that the committee expects the COVID-19 to remain a public health emergency of international concern in the meantime.

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The Executive Committee, which convened under the International Health Regulations (2005), expressed its appreciation to the WHO and its partners on COVID-19 response efforts, whilst stressing the importance of sustained community, national, regional, and globl response efforts.

Note that the Executive Committee’s unanimous conclusion that the pandemic still constitutes a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC), was sent to WHO’s Tedros as a recommendation.

The Committee also advised the WHO to continue to mobilize global and regional multilateral organizations and partners for COVID-19 preparedness and response, in order to support member states in maintaining health services, while accelerating the research and eventual access to diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.

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It also recommended a sustained attack on the virus on all fronts, from testing and contact tracing to developing vaccine treatments

It urged countries to support these various research efforts, including by funding, and to join in efforts to allow equitable allocation of diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines by engaging in the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator among other initiatives.

The committee also advised countries to strengthen public health surveillance for case identification andcontact tracing, including in low-resource, vulnerable, or high-risk settings and to maintain essential health services with sufficient funding, supplies, and human resources.

Countries were advised to implement proportionate measures and advice on travel, based on risk assessments, and toreview these measures regularly.

While accepting these recommendations, Tedros confirmed that the pandemic still constitutes a PHEIC. He then issued the Committees advice to States Parties as Temporary Recommendations under the IHR.

The pandemic is a once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come,” Dr Tedrostold the Committee in his opening remarks on Friday.“Many countries that believed they were past the worst are now grappling with new outbreaks. Some that were less affected in the earliest weeks are now seeing escalating numbers of cases and deaths. And some that had large outbreaks have brought them under control.”

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A PHEIC, which is the WHOs highest level of alarm under IHR, was first declared on January 30th at a time when there were fewer than 100 cases and no deaths outside China.

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The new measures are due to a general decline in positive cases of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

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The Lagos State Government has relaxed the public gathering regulation, increasing the permissible capacity from 20 to 50 persons at any given period.

The government have also directed the re-opening of social clubs with registered trustees and recreational centres with effect from August 14, but with the condition that they must obtain a provisional safety compliance certification from the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC).

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Nairametrics understands that these new measures were informed by the general decline in positive cases of COVID-19 in the state for a second week in a row.

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The disclosure was made by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, during his 17th briefing on the COVID-19 response by the state at State House, Marina Lagos on Saturday, August 1, 2020.

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According to the Governor, restaurants in the state can now resume in-dining services from August 14, but at 50% occupancy capacity. More so, a safety clearance is expected to be obtained by these restaurants from the Safety Commission before resuming in-dining services.

Meanwhile, the governor ordered that night clubs, entertainment centres, and cinemas should remain closed till further notice.

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The Governor further disclosed that this new decisions were taken after a careful review of emerging positive events. He also stressed that the decisions to relax the lockdown measures was to create a balance between competing demands of safeguarding lives of the residents and preserving their means of livelihoods. He said:

Having carefully reviewed the current scenario in Lagos, we have taken some important decisions in line with the ongoing objective of calibrating an effective balance between the competing demands of safeguarding lives and enabling livelihoods.

Restaurants will now be permitted to open for in-dining services, from August 14, on the condition that they maintain a 50% occupancy capacity. The restaurants must obtain a provisional safety compliance certificate through the LSSC registration portal. We are also increasing the permissible capacity for public gatherings from 20 to 50 persons. This applies to a wide range of events, from funerals, social events to corporate meetings.

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Social clubs and recreational centres will also be allowed to open from August 14, on the condition that they have applied for and obtained a Provisional safety compliance certificate via registration on the LSSC website. The clearance certificates are at this time being issued only to social clubs with registered trustees.”

The Governor also noted that all the mandatory prevention and control measures issued by the State Government must be strictly adhered to, including physical distancing, mandatory temperature checks, use of masks in public places, regular disinfection of premises, and strong personal hygiene.

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He warned that social clubs that re-open withoutcomplying with the mandatory hygienic protocols and physical distancing requirements will be shut down and face the wrath of the law.

The Governor also added that in the coming days, the opening hours for food and non-food markets may be extended to 5 pm on their various opening days.

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Sanwo-Olu revealed that the Lagos State Government patterned its response strategy after Mumbai, an Indian megacity that shares similar demographic and climatic conditions with Lagos. He also observed that Lagos had recorded similar results and successes with Mumbai in its COVID-19 response.

On the isolation centres, the Governor said, We have run through a model that shows that we have built excess isolation capacity over the last five months. We have to come to a stage where we need to balance the economics of risk, as to which isolation facility should we need to keep running. Some of the isolation centres are having less than 20 per cent of their occupancy capacities. This is why we concluded to shut the Eti-Osa facility and another one in Lekki.

Sanwo-Olu urged compliance with the measures outlined in the new regulations, stressing that LSSC has a statutory responsibility to monitor the activities and operations of all organizations and worship centres that have been permitted to re-open.

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On the 1st of August 2020, 386 new confirmed cases and 4 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increase as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 43,537 confirmed cases.

On the 1st of August 2020, 386 new confirmed cases and 4 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 4,241 samples across the country.

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To date, 43,537 cases have been confirmed, 20,087 cases have been discharged and 883 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 283,916 tests have been carried out as of August 1st, 2020 compared to 279,675 tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 1st August2020,

  • Total Number of Cases – 43,537
  • Total Number Discharged – 20,087
  • Total Deaths – 883
  • Total Tests Carried out – 283.916

According to the NCDC, The 386 new cases were reported from 18 states- FCT (130), Lagos (65), Ondo (37), Osun (29), Plateau (23), Rivers (15), Enugu (14), Nasarawa (12), Bayelsa (11), Ebonyi (11), Ekiti (9), Oyo (8), Edo (8), Abia (6), Ogun (3), Katsina (3), Imo (1), Adamawa (1).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 15,186, followed by Abuja (3,933), Oyo (2,768), Edo (2,300), Rivers (1,806), Kano (1,597), Delta (1,510), Kaduna (1,457), Ogun (1,192, Plateau (1,188), Ondo (1,155), Enugu (807), Ebonyi (785), Kwara (753), Katsina (745), Borno (613), Gombe (607), Bauchi (560), Abia (545), and Osun (524).

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Imo State has recorded 468 cases, Benue (346), Bayelsa (328), Jigawa (322), Nasarawa (317), Niger (223), Akwa Ibom (221), Adamawa (163), Sokoto (154), Anambra (135), Ekiti (132), Kebbi (90), Zamfara (77), Yobe (67), Taraba (54), Cross River (45) while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

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Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

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Worship centres in Lagos State are set to resume activities.

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The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced the reopening of worship centres in the state from August 7 at 50% capacity.

The restaurants in the state are to operate eat-in services from August 14 while schools for exit classes are to resume on Monday, August 3, 2020.

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This disclosure was made by Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday, August 1, 2020, during a press briefing on COVID-19, at the State House, Marina Lagos.

The Governor said that while the mosques are expected to reopen on August 7, next week Friday, churches will also follow suit on Sunday, August 9.

I am happy to announce the progress we are making in our fight against #COVID19 and the current decline in cases.

In view of this, we have taken the decision to reopen places of worship from August 7 for Muslims, and August 9, for Christians with 50% of their regular capacity. pic.twitter.com/dm63RSlV32

— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) August 1, 2020

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He said that religious leaders must make available hand sanitizers, thermometer guns and ensure that social distancing is maintained.

The Governor in his statement said, “Places of worship in Lagos will now be opened from Friday, August 7 for our Muslim worshippers and on Sunday, August 9 for our Christian worshippers.

We will only be allowing 50% of their capacity at either the church or the mosque. Churches that have Saturday worship day will also be allowed to start holding their Saturday worship. We must reiterate that places of worship are only permitted to have their regular once a week service on designated days.

For the avoidance of doubt, there will be Friday worships for our Muslims followers and Sunday worships for our Christian followers.

The Governor said the state was going to monitor this for the next couple of weeks and see how compliance gets as things move along. The worship centres are encouraged to have multiple services on those days but they should be restricted to those designated days of worship, that is Fridays and Sundays.

He also disclosed that while regular gatherings will be permitted to hold in the worship centres, vigils and other services should still be on hold for now. The state also recommended that senior citizens aged 65 years and above are strongly advised not to attend these places of worship.

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