The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has stated that the low death rate due to COVID-19 in the state is divine.
He therefore declared that residents of the state should be thankful to God for the less than two per cent fatality rate of COVID-19 in the state.
According to Sanwo-Olu, 10 to 15 per cent of people who contracted the virus were initially projected to die, but God, however, prevented that from happening.
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The governor declared this while speaking on Monday at the official opening of the second Session of the 34th Synod of the Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) at Our Saviour’s Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.
He said, “It was said that we would be taking dead bodies on the streets. But thank Almighty God, He kept all of us during the COVID-19 pandemic. We had less than two per cent of fatality in Lagos, when the statistics had projected we would have 10 to 15 per cent.
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“What we preach and heard in the Bible is here with us in today’s reality. COVID-19 has shown us in reality that we need to pray and this is why we will continue to pray in Lagos State. We need to serve wherever we find ourselves. Whatever we found our hands to do, let us do it well. Let us do it for the best of intentions because we do not know who is watching. And of course, we need to grow.”
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The Diocesan and Missioner of the Diocese of Lagos, Rt. Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye, described Sanwo-Olu as a result-oriented person, and applauded his efforts.
As of September 5, 2020, Lagos had a total of 18,335 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 204 people dead.