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Anxiety as reports indicate Lagos may run out of bed spaces in 2 or 3 weeks following rising #COVID19 cases


Nigeria - On a very worrisome note, Lagos State may have no more bed spaces for coronavirus patients in the next three weeks if the current rate of infection keeps rising, Health Commissioner Akin Abayomi warned on Friday.


Confirmed cases  across the country rose by 328 to a total of 11844 on Friday according to figures released by the National  Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Of this latest figure,Lagos State   had 121 bringing its total cases to 5,663.
“If we keep getting 150, 200 positives every day, in another two or three weeks, even though we’re opening new isolation centres all the time, in time, we’re going to run out of beds,” Abayomi told reporters in Ikeja.
He said: “We’ve been testing more. We’ve been escalating our capacity to test for COVID-19 and what we’ve found is that the more we test, the more we find, which is a reflection of the fact that COVID-19 is spreading within the community and we’re finding more cases than we can manage eventually when we project,” he said.
“If we carry on with the rate of positive testing that we are obtaining, we’re going to run out of isolation beds in our established isolation facilities.
“Therefore, we are projecting. If we keep getting 150, 200 positives everyday, in another two or three weeks, even though we’re opening new isolation centres all the time, in time, we’re going to run out of beds.”

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