In wake of the dramatic rise in COVID-19 positive cases seen in the evolving fourth wave, the Lagos State government has commenced prosecution of inbound international passengers who fail to submit themselves for Day Two and Day Seven PCR tests as mandated by the Federal Government’s COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, made this known yesterday. He stated that the prosecution of defaulting inbound passengers has become necessary to mitigate the evolving fourth wave of COVID-19 infection in the state.
He said, “Lagos State is concerned with the dramatic rise in cases seen in the evolving fourth wave. Identifying that our previous waves are associated with non-compliance of inbound passengers with the testing guidelines, we have commenced prosecution of inbound international passengers who fail to submit themselves for Day Two and Day Seven PCR tests as mandated by the Federal COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.
“In addition, unvaccinated inbound passengers and anyone testing positive for COVID-19 are mandated to self-isolate at home for seven days. We will be sanctioning anyone found to be disregarding these guidelines, which are designed to minimise the community transmission of COVID and its variants.”
The Commissioner further disclosed that the state government has started contacting the defaulting passengers and patients for arraignment before a mobile court for special offences.