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Local Transmission Of Coronavirus Is On The Rise – Lagos Commissioner



Akin Abayomi

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi said local transmission of the deadly coronavirus disease is increasing in the state.

Abayomi disclosed this on Monday at a press briefing, stating that as at week four, 82 percent of the COVID-19 cases were imported into the country but the following week, 45 percent of the patients had no travel history – an indication that local transmission was on the rise.

He said: “At the end of week 4, 82% of the patients imported the disease from abroad while 18% had no travel history.

“By the end of week 5, 45% of the patients have no travel history. This shows that the importation is decreasing and local transmission is increasing.”

Abayomi also disclosed that out of the 120 confirmed cases of the disease in Lagos, 87 are still active while 29 have been discharged. 93 percent of the cases are Nigerians while seven percent are foreign nationals, he added.

he said: “There have been 120 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Lagos. 87 of the cases are still active, 29 have been discharged, 2 have been evacuated and we have had 2 fatalities.

“The death that occurred at LUTH, all concerned have been put under isolation and will be observed for 14 days.”

The health commissioner also revealed plans of the government for the isolation facility in different parts of the state.

“Most of the cases are between 30 – 60 years of age. Gender ratio: 67% male, 33% female. The LGA with the highest number of cases is Eti Osa LGA.

“We will also deploy more surveillance and advocacy towards Alimosho LGA. We are focusing on Alimosho because of the sudden rise from 1 case to 4 cases.

“Our isolation Centre Capacity; IDH, Yaba = 124 beds, now at 60% capacity. Cardiac and Renal Centre, Gbagada =180 beds, Onikan = 100 beds, LUTH = 60 beds.”

The government would use the Onikan isolation centre to handle mild and moderate cases, while the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba, will be reserved for “complicated cases.” He concluded.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC, as at 09:30 pm 6th April there are 238 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Thirty-five have been discharged with five deaths. Lagos however remains the state with the highest with 120 cases.

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