On Saturday 4th April 2020, Prof. Akin Abayomi, the Commissioner for Health of Lagos State announced the launch of an online COVID-19 test request form in the state. Tweeting via his official handle, Abayomi said:
This is to inform the general public that in a bid to make our response more effective, we are putting out forms to widen our coverage as we track down #COVID19
Provide accurate information as required in the form with the link belowhttps://t.co/8wrFJ7opNE
— Prof. Akin Abayomi (@ProfAkinAbayomi) April 4, 2020
This form is a Google generated document that interested applicants can use to easily request a COVID-19 test from anywhere they are in the state. The Lagos State COVID-19 test online request form requires general details like the full name of applicants as well as location details.
Thus, one has to provide their Local Government Area and Nearest Bustop as well. It also directs residents to tick such illness symptoms as: cough, cold (watery catarrh i.e. runny nose), headache, diarrhea, sore throat, high fever, fatigue, chest pain and difficulty in breathing.
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In addition, they are to answer such questions as: travel history during the past 14 days; travel history to a COVID-19 Infected Area; and if they had any direct contact or are taking care of a positive COVID19 Patient?
Many Twitter users applauded this development. Meanwhile, Lagos State is still under lockdown since 31st March 2020 following the President’s directive.
It is still the state with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. As of Saturday 4th April 2020, there were 109 cases in Lagos alone and 209 in the whole country.
While there has been a total of 4 deaths, the health authorities have discharged 25 people as well.
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