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Coronavirus: Lagos may run out of isolation bed spaces in three weeks

Lagos State Health Commissioner, Akin Abayomi has issued a warning on Friday that if the current rate of infection leeps rising, the state may have no more bed spaces for Coronavirus patients.

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

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

The Lagos State Health Commissioner said, “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.

“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 everyday, 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 case have been discharged while 333 deaths have been recorded.

 
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