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Lagos Health commissioner warns possible insufficient isolation centres bedspace

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Lagos Health commissioner warns possible insufficient isolation centres bedspace

Health Commissioner, Akin Abayomi hints that Lagos State may have no more bed spaces for coronavirus patients in three weeks time, if the current rate of infection keeps rising, on Friday.

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

Of this latest figure,Lagos State recorded 121 tolling 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.

According to the commissioner : “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 .

There are currently 3696 discharged cases ,while 333 fatalities have been recorded.

Fatimah Oyesanmi

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