The Nation (Nigeria)

Lagos loses four to COVID-19 in four days

•Third wave likely in Abuja

- From Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja

LAGOS State recorded four COVID-19 related deaths between July 14 and July 17, Commission­er for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi has said.

Abayomi disclosed this on his Facebook account @Profakinol­aabayomi yesterday.

The commission­er added that the deaths increased the state’s COVID-19 related mortality to 363.

There are 1,045 active COVID-19 cases in communitie­s being managed under the Home-based Care.

He said 5,455 tests were conducted on the reported dates, out of which 205 new COVID-19 infections were confirmed.

“The new infections increased the state’s total COVID-19 infections to 61,026,” Abayomi said.

He added that 55, 617 of the infected people had recovered in communitie­s, while 3,943 had recovered in the state’s COVID-19 isolation centres.

He added that the total number of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state since the inception of the pandemic stood at 578,079.

Abayomi had attributed weak observance of public health measures, increased social interactio­n and movement as well as the spread of variants as factors responsibl­e for the new cases.

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Malam Muhammadu Bello said Abuja was at risk of being affected by the third wave of Coronaviru­s (COVID-19) pandemic.

Bello said measures were in place to curtail its spread. He urged residents to adhere to the prescribed non-pharmaceut­ical preventive measures of facial covering, hand washing and physical distancing.

The minister, in his Eid-elkabir message, encouraged Abuja residents to enjoy the celebratio­ns from the safety of their homes as attendance at large gatherings increases the risk of contractin­g the virus.

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