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Nigeria records highest 24hrs toll of new COVID-19 cases

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COVID-19 cases in Lagos surged by 183, a record for the state yesterday as Nigeria witnessed its highest number of infections in a day.

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed a total of 381 new cases for the day.

This brings the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country to 3,526 with 601 recovering from the virus and discharged while 107 people have died.

With 183 new cases, Lagos State’s total confirmed infections now stand at 1,491 and it remains the epicentre of the pandemic in Nigeria, accounting for 42.3 per cent of the country’s total cases.

NCDC made this known via its verified Twitter.

“On the 7th of May 2020, 381 new confirmed cases and four deaths were recorded in Nigeria. No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours. Till date, 3,526 cases have been confirmed, 601 cases have been discharged and 107 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory. The 381 new cases are reported from 17 states – Lagos (183), Kano (55), Jigawa (44), Zamfara (19), Borno (9), Bauchi (19), Katsina (11), Kwara (8), Kaduna (7), Gombe (6), Ogun(5), Sokoto (4), Oyo (3), Rivers (3), Niger(2), Akwa Ibom (1), Enugu (1), Plateau (1),” it tweeted.

Meanwhile, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi today said the State may record between 90,000 and 120,000 cases of coronavirus by July or August when it reaches the peak.

Abayomi disclosed this at a news conference at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja while giving updates on coronavirus in the State. He said the state was yet to reach the virus peak, which will likely be around July and August.

Abayomi stated that Lagos has ramped testings to reach a large number of people in a bid to flatten the curve. He attributed the increase in cases being recorded to the decentralization of sample collection to the 20 Local Governments.

According to him, if the government had not been proactive, Lagos would have recorded 6,000 cases rather than the 1,491 cases it has.

Abayomi disclosed that Alimosho, Oshodi, and Isolo have begun to record more COVID-19 cases. He, however, noted that 97 percent of positive cases at its isolation centres were mild and moderate cases. Only three percent were severe cases, according to him.

The Commissioner said the COVID-19 mortality rate has been mainly among males, adding that males with pre-existing ailments such as diabetes, cancer, hypertension, and others are prone to die.

He said 80 people at the State House, Marina, including the governor and his family were tested and only 10 people were found to be positive. He said the 10 positive staff of the State House, Marina has been taken to isolation centres.

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