506 people die of COVID-19 in Lagos

Akin Abayomi Lagos state commissioner for health

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By Oluwafunke Ishola

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi said that 506 people have died from COVID-19 related complications in the state.

He said this through his Facebook account on Sunday, while giving the state’s COVID-19 update for Aug. 20.

Eleven persons died from COVID-19 related complications on Friday, increasing the state’s fatality figure from the virus to 506.

The 11 deaths recorded on Aug. 20, represented the second-highest number of daily deaths recorded in the state, as the state had earlier recorded 13 deaths on Aug.10.

Abayomi disclosed that the state recorded 239 new COVID-19 infections, out of the 2,750 tests conducted on Friday, bringing the state’s total infections to 70,563.

The commissioner also said 4,387 persons with active COVID-19 cases, were receiving treatment under the state’s home-based care.

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Meanwhile, he added that 227 COVID-19 infected patients were being managed at the state’s isolation centres.

According to him, 60,716 of the infected persons had so far, recovered in communities, while 4,716 recovered in the state’s COVID-19 isolation centres.

Furthermore, he said that it was not certain, if this would be the last wave, or whether there would be more waves or live with COVID-19 as a factor of life.

“As we all know, Lagos state is currently running home-based care in the management of COVID-19 cases.

“We do not have enough bed spaces to isolate patients and this is not peculiar to Lagos state alone,” he said.
He noted that the state was currently under stress in the management of the pandemic.

There was a critical need to strike a balance, between managing a public health crisis and COVID proofing the economy, according to the Commissioner.

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