Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu says he experienced most of the symptoms associated with the coronavirus during his 14 days of isolation.
The Governor noted that his experience further proved to him that COVID-19 was real.
Sanwo-Olu explained that he had a good medical team attending him every time he experienced a new symptom.
He shared his personal battle against the virus at a briefing held Thursday at the state house of Marina.
He said, “COVID-19 is real,” apparently warning those who still suspect a pandemic.
The governor entered self-isolation on December 11 after exposing himself to an infected assistant. The test result returned positive, the day after.
Sanwo-Olu, however, said he was “lucky to have had a relatively moderate experience during the infection,” but added that he “experienced most of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, including cough, fatigue and loss of smell.”
The governor expressed concern about the new jump in the infection rate, revealing that Lagos is now recording 18 percent of the positive results of daily testing.
He said, “Colleagues of Lagos, let me warn you again, as I have done since the beginning of this pandemic, COVID-19 is real. He is here with us and does not respect anyone, neither social class, nor religious belief, nor party affiliation. Not only is the virus here with us, but this second wave we are currently seeing is proving more ambitious than the first wave.
“We see infection numbers that exceed what we saw at the height of the first wave, and, as then, Lagos remains the epicenter. As a densely populated city and a center of international trade and commerce, this is by no means surprising. But it is also a reason why we need to be careful in this period. “
The governor stressed that the state government is not resting on its oars to stop the second wave of the pandemic, revealing that the state has begun raising the capacity of its isolation centers and general hospitals by installing oxygen needed to treat COVID-19 patients with damaged respiratory tracts.
Sanwo-Olu said six of the ten kiosks proposed in the first phase would be unveiled next week.
The governor reiterated that the emergency situation needed to tame the second wave of the virus would not allow public gatherings and crowds, especially in Juletide when religious centers would hold services and vigils.