Six people died within two days after contracting COVID-19 in Lagos, South-West Nigeria, a government official said at the weekend.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, in a statement on his Facebook account giving the state’s COVID-19 update for July 30 and July 31, said that the deaths increased the state’s COVID-19 related mortality to 384.
According to him, 4,437 tests were conducted on the reported dates, out of which 519 new COVID-19 infections were confirmed.
Abayomi said the new infections increased the state’s total COVID-19 infections to 63,872.
He said that there are 2,783 active cases of COVID-19 currently being managed under the state’s Home-Based Care programs while the number of patients receiving treatment at the state’s isolation facilities had increased from 128 to 136 persons.
56,127 of the infected people had recovered in communities, while 4,399 had recovered in the state’s COVID-19 isolation centres.
Also, the total number of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state since the inception of the pandemic stood at 607,803.
Earlier, Abayomi, said that the state was currently under severe stress and strain of COVID-19 third wave with the emergence of between 100 and 300 new cases daily.
He said that isolation facilities were filled up and being overstretched necessitating the creation of more spaces to accommodate patients.
He advised that the elbow greeting should be adhered to as COVID-19 was a contact contagion.
Abayomi stressed that COVID-19 safety protocols should be strictly adhered to as the practice of handshaking still poses a high risk for transmission of the virus.
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