Prof. Akin Abayomi

 Nigerians have been alerted of fake COVID-19 result certificates being sold in Lagos state.

The alarm has been raised by the Lagos state government on the issue of COVID-19 results.

The Government of Lagos state through Prof. Akin Abayomi, the Commissioner for Health, on Monday raised the alarm over fake COVID-19 certificates on sale in the state.

Abayomi spoke at a press conference while giving update on second wave of the virus in Lagos.

He said it has come to the attention of the government that a number of people who came into the country were patronising individuals who sell fake COVID-19 results certificates.

Abayomi said government was on top of the issue and is currently putting machinery in place to apprehend those doing such unscrupulous businesses.

The commissioner also warned that there had been an increase in positive cases from inbound travellers, which rose to eight percent this week.

He said: “Positivity for inbound travelers is on the rise (eight this week, four percent cumulative) as Nigerians in Diaspora return to spend Christmas in Lagos.”

“It has come to our attention that a number of people are patronizing individuals that sell fake COVID-19 results.”

“We are currently putting in processes to identify both buyers and sellers and we will not hesitate to prosecute either to the full extent of the law.”

Abayomi further explained that the reason for the second wave of COVID-19 was due to reopening of schools, General Laxity, False Sense, of Security and Non-adherence to guidelines; opening of the economy, variant, large religious congregation and social gathering and entertainment.

He revealed that Lagos State had increased its testing capacity per Day (August – December 2020), as the state is now testing between 2,000 and 3,000 per day.

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