COVID-19 sample tests near 264, 000 In Lagos

The State’s Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi has disclosed the alarming number of Covid-19 sample tests in the state since the start of the pandemic.

In a tweet posted on Wednesday, January 20, Abayomi revealed that 285, 948 total samples were tested, out of which 263, 358 were valid. He said that the remaining 22,590 were repeat tested samples with 41,374 of the tested samples testing positive for COVID-19.

Note that the state’s population is over 14 million.

“There are 21 accredited private and four public laboratories in the state, of which 143, 634 samples were processed in public laboratories and 142, 314 samples processed in private laboratories.

“The volume of samples tested by private laboratories has increased to 50 per cent, almost equaling the volume tested by public laboratories.

“Seven hundred and seventy-six new COVID-19 infections were confirmed in the state on the reported date, increasing the state’s total COVID-19 infections to 41,374,” he said.

According to the commissioner, 3,209 COVID-19 patients who have been successfully treated and discharged from the state’s care centres.

“Total number of COVID19 recovery in communities are 28, 452, 223 cases are currently under isolation- and active cases under home based care are 9,213,” Abayomi said.

The commissioner further disclosed that the state recorded another two COVID-19 related fatalities, increasing the COVID-19 deaths in the state to 277. He said that bed occupancy at the state’s public and private COVID-19 care centres had risen to 70 per cent. Abayomi said that two isolation centres;  Gbagada and Armour ll would soon be activated to create more bed spaces for patients. (NAN)

Patsy Nwogu

Reporting on data-driven featured stories and investigations.

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