Lagos State government in a statement said surveillance team against Coronavirus in the state has stepped up its search by placing hotels and other lodging centres on serious watch after rumours of having the virus at some part of the state went viral.
The state government first dismissed rumour making the round that Coronavirus was spotted in Gowon Estate in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State while stating through the state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi that reports claiming that the Chinese residence in Osoba Close of Gowon Estate, were having severe symptoms of Coronavirus and are treating themselves of the symptoms.
After an investigation by the Ministry on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, Abayomi said, “there are no suspected or confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Lagos State contrary to fake news being circulated in the media.
“In a bid to further investigate the rumour, the surveillance team of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Alimosho community stakeholders were in Gowon Estate and its environs , the alleged scene of the suspected cases, on February 9, 2019.
“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.”
“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. 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.
“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,”