Covid-19: Lagos can’t cope with 5,000 cases in four weeks – Prof Abayomi

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi has said the state’s health facilities will be overwhelmed if a steep rise in the number of coronavirus infections recorded in one or two weeks happens.

He made this statement during a presentation on Monday on the trend of coronavirus in the state for the past two weeks, encouraging Lagosians to play their part in flattening the curve of the infection.

According to him, “If we see most of the cases in a very short period of time, it will quickly overwhelm the Lagos state health infrastructure.

“If we see 5,000 cases in four weeks or two weeks, we do not have the capacity to cope with that and most other countries do not have the capacity to cope with that,” he said.

He said the state has been showing a slow increase in the rate of Covid-19 cases different from the projection, but there is a need to flatten the curve to enhance the efficiency of the strategies.

Mr Abayomi said if there was no intervention, there could be a steep rise in the number of cases, but with contact tracing and effective strategy, a decline in the number of cases will be recorded.

He stressed the role of community ownership and responsibility in flattening the curve through compliance with all the directives and policies of the state.

He urged citizens to continue to support the government through civil responsibilities and complying with all the directives given to curb the spread of the virus.

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