Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state has raised alarm over the rising cases of the deadly variant of COVID-19 in the state, saying the state is presently recording an average of 6 deaths daily in the past one week.
The governor disclosed this while giving an update on the management of the pandemic in the state at the State House, Alausa, Ikeja on Monday, August 2. He said Lagos State has started experiencing an increase in the number of daily confirmed cases of COVID-19 with the positivity rate going from 1.1 per cent at the end of June 2021 to seven per cent at the end of July 2021.
“Epidemiology Update from the beginning of the outbreak in February 2020 to date, Lagos State has recorded a total of 64,032 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of this number, 56,336 have recovered in the community, 2,755 are currently being managed actively in the community. Over the course of managing the COVID-19 pandemic, about 5,029 patients have been admitted into our various COVID-19 care centres in Lagos.
We have, sadly, recorded 390 fatalities in Lagos State, 30 of which have taken place in this current 3rd wave of the pandemic. Essentially, we have recorded on average 6 deaths per day since last week, ” he said
Meanwhile the Federal Government has threatened to impose severe restrictive measures in Lagos and other states with upsurge in cases of COVID-19.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF and Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee PSC on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha stated this at Monday’s briefing of the PSC in Abuja.
While it said, “nothing is ruled out as all options are on the table” with regards to protecting the population, it disclosed that Lagos now accounts for over 50 per cent of cases, followed by Akwa Ibom state.
According to him, the world has added about 4 million cases and under 100,000 deaths in the last one week, adding that all countries in the West African region are beginning to see the 3rd Wave while Nigeria has been recording about 500 cases daily in the last seven days.
He said; “Our Test Positivity Ratio has increased to about 6%. This is worrisome and shows that we are not out of the woods yet.
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