Lagos Expects 39,000 Cases of Coronavirus at ‘Worst’

LAGOS may record 39,000 cases of COVID-19 in a worst-case scenario, authorities have said.

The state Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi made this figure known to journalist on Friday as he urged residents to adhere to the social distancing rules to contain the spread of the disease.

Prof Abayomi however, said that the figure would be limited to 13,000, if everyone practiced good social distancing,

“If we add social distancing to active contact tracing, then we will be able to bend the curve further. The figures may seem alarming at this point, but this is just to emphasize to the Lagos community to follow the instructions of the incident commander to make sure that we practice social distancing.

“Looking at the same timeframe from the introduction of the index case, you can see that Lagos State is not seen anywhere near what Spain, Italy, and Iran are showing. So, at weeks two and three of our index case, we are flat and at week four, we have 37 cases; while at the same fourth week, Italy, Iran, and Spain had more than 20,000 cases.”

Meanwhile, the state is still tracing 3,000 contacts, who, according to the commissioner, might have had contact with some of the confirmed cases.

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