- Akin Abayomi, the Lagos state commissioner for health has said that the COVID-19 cases might increase up to 39,000
- The commissioner explained that if Lagosians fail to practice preventive measures that figure maybe in a worst-case scenario in the coming weeks
- Abayomi noted that the state's coronavirus cases might be limited to 13,000 if measures that are put in place to stop the spread are followed
Following the rise in the number of coronavirus cases in Lagos state, Professor Akin Abayomi, the state commissioner for health has said that the state may witness a rise of up to 39,000 in a worst-case scenario.
Abayomi revealed this on Friday, March 27, at a press briefing in Lagos state. He said in the coming weeks if residents fail to comply with preventive measures such as social distancing put in place to curb the spread of the virus, the figures might increase, Daily Trust reports.
According to the commissioner for health, the figure will be limited to 13,000 if Lagosians practice good social distancing. Abayomi said the figures are small compared to the global outbreak around the world.
The commissioner went on to note that about 3,000 primary contacts of those infected with the virus are still being traced.
Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed on Friday, March 27, that two cases of the deadly coronavirus were recorded in Enugu state.
This is the first time the disease has shown up in Nigeria’s southeast region. It was gathered that the Enugu state ministry of health said the patients voluntarily contacted the government on arrival from the United Kingdom (UK) and requested for the COVID-19 test.
In a related development, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, March 27, alerted residents that a complete lockdown of the state, due to the spread of coronavirus, is imminent.
Speaking at a press briefing in Marina, Sanwo-Olu stated that the government will be forced to make the decision once the death toll from the disease rises to a certain number.
He revealed that so far, the state has at least 44 confirmed cases with three persons being discharged after testing negative for the virus.
Meanwhile, in its bid to support Lagosians during this coronavirus period, the Lagos state government has announced that it would be providing foods such as rice, beans, garri, pepper and water to the indigent and the most vulnerable in the society.
This was disclosed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu during a briefing on Friday, March 27. According to him, this is part of the state's efforts to cushion the effects of the 14-day stay-at-home directive. He said the food items would be distributed to 200,000 households.
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