THE Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said on Friday that the state government would prohibit public gatherings if the coronavirus case
confirmed in the state escalated.

He, however, said taking such a measure now in the wake of the confirmation of the virus could give rise to needless panic among the public.
At a press conference held at the State House in Marina on Friday , t he governor noted that the condition of the Italian, who happened to be a victim , was not 'highly contagious' at the moment, hence, there was no need to forbid public assembly in the state.

Sanwo - Olu allayed the fears of a possible spread among residents in the state , saying the victim was being isolated at the state 's bio -security facility in the Yaba area of the state .

He assured the people that there was no cause for panic among Lagosians and Nigerians at large over the reported COVID -19 incident , stressing that measures had been set in motion by the state and federal government to contain the spread of the virus in the country.

He said, " It is only when there is a high level of escalation that the public can be panicky and this is when we realise that it is getting to person -to -person transmission .
" As we have said, this isolated case has been contained right from the hospital where he was first admitted and the guesthouse he slept after his arrival in Nigeria.

" It is when there is a person - to-person infection that we can trigger another level of isolation and curtail public events where a large number of people can gather. 

But I don' t think we have gotten to that level yet. "


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