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Lagos Expresses Fear Over Surge Of COVID-19 Cases In State

Going by the present surge of COVID-19 cases in Lagos, Health Commissioner Akin Abayomi warned on Friday warned that there might not be space for patients in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, the confirmed cases across the country Friday rose by 328 to a total of 11844, according to figures released by the National  Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Of this latest figure, Lagos State had 121 bringing its total cases to 5,663.

“If we keep getting 150, 200 positives every day, in another two or three weeks, even though we’re opening new isolation centres all the time, in time, we’re going to run out of beds,” Abayomi told reporters in Ikeja.

He said: “We’ve been testing more. We’ve been escalating our capacity to test for COVID-19 and what we’ve found is that the more we test, the more we find, which is a reflection of the fact that COVID-19 is spreading within the community and we’re finding more cases than we can manage eventually when we project,” he said.

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“If we carry on with the rate of positive testing that we are obtaining, we’re going to run out of isolation beds in our established isolation facilities.

“Therefore, we are projecting. If we keep getting 150, 200 positives every day, in another two or three weeks, even though we’re opening new isolation centres all the time, in time, we’re going to run out of beds.”

A breakdown of the fresh  infections  released last night by the NCDC is as follows:Lagos-121; FCT-70; Bauchi-25; Rivers-18 ;Oyo-16; Kaduna-15; Gombe-14; Edo-13 ;Ogun-13 ;Jigawa-8; Enugu-6 ;Kano-5 ;Osun-2 ;and Ondo-2 .

So far  3696 cases have been discharged while 333 deaths have been recorded.

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