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COVID-19: Lagos records 135 deaths in third wave : TV360 Nigeria


Since the outbreak of the third wave of the coronavirus, Lagos state has recorded 135 fatalities.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed this during a briefing at the State house, Ikeja, on Monday.

The governor also lamented the non-compliance of residents to safety protocols, which he said has resulted in an increase in test positivity rate to 12.1 per cent in the past weeks, compared to seven per cent recorded at the end of July, 2021.

In view of this, Sanwo-Olu urged residents to adhere to the preventive protocols put in place by the Government.

We are now clearly in the middle of third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and Lagos has remained the epicenter of the disease in Nigeria. Test positivity rate currently stands at 12.1 per cent, compared to 1.1 per cent at the end of June, and seven per cent at end of July. As at August 21, 4,387 positive cases are currently being managed actively in-community.

“Over the course of managing the COVID-19 pandemic, about 5,551 patients have been admitted into our various COVID-19 care centres in Lagos, with 506 registered fatalities. Of these deaths, 135 have sadly, happened in this current third wave. I commiserate with all residents who have lost loved ones to the pandemic. We share in your pain and grief. As a society and as a Government, it is for us to redouble our efforts to defeat this devastating pandemic,” the governor was quoted in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile.

The governor noted further that the increment in positive cases has also shot up oxygen demand at the Government-controlled isolation centres, with the State supplying 400 cylinders daily to patients with severe cases.

Sanwo-Olu said the State would be ramping up its oxygen plants in the coming days, as he projected that the demand for oxygen may shoot up in the next few weeks.

Also, Sanwo-Olu announced that the state wil commence the distribution of the first dose of Moderna vaccine across 150 centres in the state from next week Wednesday.

“In terms of treatment of severe cases, we have seen a gradual increase in the uptake of oxygen during the current wave. Utilization has increased from 75 cylinders per day at the beginning of this third wave, to over 400 cylinders per day, currently. With our modelling suggesting that we may be requiring even more oxygen supply over the next few weeks, we are exploring several ways of increasing our oxygen capacity.

“One of the major pillars of our mitigation strategy for the third wave is vaccination. We are seeing that countries that have vaccinated a large percentage of their population are recording drastic reductions in the numbers of COVID-19 related deaths. This is one of the reasons why we have not spared any cost to ensure that the vaccines that have been provided by the Federal Government are made available to every resident that meets the requirements for the vaccination programme,” Sanwo-Olu said.

As part of the strategy to stem the cases, Sanwo-Olu said the State Government identified 5,998 Persons of Interest and had successfully isolated 4,500 of them, most of whom arrived from red-listed countries.


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