- The Lagos government says increased testing capacity is responsible for the spike in COVID-19 cases in the state
- Akin Abayomi, the Lagos commissioner for health, made the statement in a press briefing in Ikeja
Abayomi said test results have shown that COVID-19 is spreading within communities
The Lagos state government has attributed the recent spike in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state to the increased testing capacity.
Akin Abayomi, the Lagos commissioner for health, made the statement in a press briefing in Ikeja on Friday, June 5.
He disclosed that the state will run out of bed spaces at isolation centres if it keeps recording high numbers of COVID-19 cases, The Cable reports.
He said tests results have shown that COVID-19 is spreading within the communities in Lagos.
“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," he said.
“Therefore, we are projecting. 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.
Lagos state has remained the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria with a total of 5,542 cases.
Meanwhile, students in Lagos state may soon resume academic activities as the state government on Thursday, June 4, said the decision to reopen schools will be taken in two weeks. The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made the disclosure during a press briefing.
He said the decision on the reopening of schools would be taken after a meeting is held with stakeholders in the education sector.
Legit.ng gathered that Sanwo-Olu pointed out that the ministry of education and Lagos state safety commission would both be involved in the decision on the reopening of schools.
In another report, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state on Thursday, June 4, gave a fresh update on the restriction on the interstate movement, especially in the southwest geo-political zone of the country.
Channel TV reports that Governor Sanwo-Olu said that the decision on when to lift the ban on interstate movement would be made by the governors of the southwest.
He said regulating inter-state movement is a joint effort, adding that the state has been able to manage people coming from the Benin Republic.
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