COVID-19: Lagos health commissioner tests positive

The disclosure was made by Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor of Lagos State on New Media, Gawat Jubril A.,  via Twitter on Monday.

Jubril wrote:

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, has tested POSITIVE to the Corona Virus. He is doing well and shows no symptoms.
He will begin 14 days self-isolation and home care immediately and continues to discharge his duty as Deputy Incident Commander.

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The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Sunday.

The health agency indicated that 1,002 people have lost their lives to COVID-19 in the country.

According to the agency, five more people infected with the virus died in the last 24 hours.

The health agency said that till date, 52,227 cases had been confirmed, with 38,945 discharged and 1,002 deaths recorded across the 36 states, the Federal Capital Territory -FCT- inclusive.

The NCDC stated that the 322 new cases were reported from 18 states.

It noted that Lagos, the epicentre, recorded 130 cases, followed by Bauchi with 36 cases.

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Others are FCT(25), Edo(17), Bayelsa(14), Ogun(14), Oyo(14), Anambra(13), Kaduna(12), Ondo(11), Abia(10), Osun(6), Plateau(5), Kwara(5), Kano(4), Ebonyi(3), Sokoto(2) and Borno(1).

The agency said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, has continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

Meanwhile, the agency emphasised that frequent handwashing with soap under running water was one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of diseases like COVID-19 that were transmitted via person-to-person contact or by touching contaminated surfaces.

It encouraged everyone to take responsibility to keep themselves and loved ones safe and healthy.

In addition to that, the agency stated clearly that the IVR Self-Assessment Tool is active for use by individuals and urged people to dial 01-700-6232 for an automated call-back if they or someone in their household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

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The NCDC also emphasised the need for business owners to have a plan to reduce risk of COVID-19 spread in the workplace.

The NCDC guide for business reopening is available on for workplace safety in context of COVID-19.

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