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Lagos dismisses suspicion of Coronavirus

The Lagos State Government has again dismissed the rumoured suspicion of cases of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-2019) in Gowon Estate of Alimosho Local Government Area of the State.

The Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi who dismissed the rumour making the round on social media that some Chinese citizens who recently returned from their Country were exhibiting severe symptoms of Coronavirus disease and treating the symptoms themselves emphasised that the rumour was baseless.

Giving an update on the investigation carried out by the Ministry through its surveillance team, The Commissioner declared that no Chinese nationals were residing or doing business in and around any of the streets of the specified communities.

He said, “In a bid to further investigate the rumour, the surveillance team of Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Alimosho community stakeholders were in Gowon Estate and its environs on 9th of February, 2019, the alleged scene of the suspected cases, the team interrogated residents living in and around Osoba Street in Alaguntan Ward, Segun Majekodunmi Street and other randomly selected houses in Alimosho, but there were no Chinese nationals residing or carrying on business in and around any of the streets and communities visited”.

Prof Abayomi stated that the team also interrogated the Chairman of Gemade Estate who was known to have affiliations with Chinese expatriates but discovered that the six Chinese expatriates who had worked in his factory at Igbesa, Agbara, Ogun State had returned to China since 2019 when their work permit expired.

He revealed that the team expanded its search to hotels around Alimosho and Gowon Estate where a Taiwanese lady was identified to have visited one of the hotels but nothing concrete linking her to China was found, while three Egyptian nationals who were sighted buying drugs at a particular pharmacy were also interrogated but were found to be businessmen who had no link whatsoever with China.

Professor Abayomi assured residents that the State surveillance team has scaled up its search by placing hotels and other resort centres on active surveillance to closely monitor visitors, travellers and non-nationals especially those of East Asian and Chinese origin.

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