- Out of the 20 local government areas in Lagos, five LGAs have 60% of the total Covid-19 cases in the state
- This was revealed by the state's health commissioner, Akin Abayomi
- Abayomi, however, said the high-risk LGAs cannot be locked down as advised by the FG due to the lack of distinct boundaries among the local councils
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Lagos is Nigeria's epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, having 14,009 out of the 38,948 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country.
According to the latest available data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagos has 11,742 actives cases, 2,075 recoveries and 192 deaths.
However, just like the situation is nationwide, the Covid-19 cases in Lagos are not evenly spread across all the local government areas in the state.
Though Lagos has 20 local government areas, 60% of the Covid-19 cases in the state are in only five local councils, according to the state's commissioner for health, Professor Akin Abayomi, on Thursday, July 23, The Guardian reports.
Below are the top five states with the most Covid-19 patients in Lagos, according to the health commissioner:
Meanwhile, Abayomi has said that the Lagos state government cannot lock down the local government areas with most Covid-19 cases as advised by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19.
The commissioner explained that the strategy is impossible to implement in Lagos state due to the lack of distinct boundaries between LGAs.
He added that unlike other states where there are distinct boundaries, Lagos does not have which would make it impossible to implement because residents would move across local governments without knowing they have.
Meanwhile, the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) has called on Nigerians to adhere strictly to the guidelines of the NCDC regarding the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic.
The national commandant of the Corps, Dr Dickson Akoh, shared this recently, during PCN’s 22nd-anniversary celebrations held in Benue state.
‘‘The Peace Corps of Nigeria, therefore, is of the most considered view that policymakers, security agencies, frontline health workers and the entire citizenry must be closely-knit in a shared understanding and struggle against this invisible enemy called Covid-19,’’ Akoh stated.
But, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says 24 per cent of households in Nigeria do not have sufficient soap to wash hands to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The NBS stated this in a report released on Tuesday, July 14, saying seven per cent of households reported insufficient water for washing hands.
“The most readily available Covid-19 preventative measure is washing hands with soap and water; however, insufficient access to soap and water for washing is a hindrance for some households,” the report stated.
Also, analysis of the report showed that 73 per cent of respondents reported wearing a mask and 77 per cent washing their hands all or most of the time after being in public.
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