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COVID-19: Lagos Will Run Out Of Bed Spaces In Three Weeks – Commissioner

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Ganiyat Ganiyu 

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, has said the state would run out of bed spaces at isolation centres across the state if the COVID-19 cases keep increasing.

Abayomi made this known at a press briefing on Friday.

The state which is the epicentre of the disease in Nigeria, currently has a total of 5,663 cases.

Abayomi attributed the recent spike in the number of positive COVID-19 cases to increased testing capacity.

“We’ve been testing more. We’ve been escalating our capacity to test for COVID-19 and what we’ve found is that the more we test, the more we find, which is a reflection of the fact that COVID-19 is spreading within the community and we’re finding more cases than we can manage eventually when we project,” he said.

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“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.

“Therefore, we are projecting. If we keep getting 150, 200 positives everyday, 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.

“And this has happened all over the world; it’s not just in Lagos or Nigeria. Every other country has reached the same tipping point where you now have to transition from managing patients in an isolation centre to managing patients who are not that unwell at home, and reserving the isolation centres for people who are feeling unwell and need to be monitored more closely by medical personnel.”

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