Lagos State Commissioner for health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has disclosed that cases of covid-19 in the state are expected to hit 120,000 coronavirus cases between the month of July and August when the virus is expected to reach its peak in Lagos.
Abayomi added that the state is yet to reach the virus peak and that when it reaches this height, Lagos could record between 90,000 and 120,000 cases.
Addressing the pressing Friday, May 8, in Ikeja, the commissioner, stated that Lagos has scaled testing to reach a large number of people in a bid to flatten the curve.
Abayomi attributed the increase in cases being recorded to the decentralization of sample collection centers to the 20 Local Governments.
According to him, if the government had not been proactive, Lagos would have recorded 6,000 cases by now rather than the 1,491 cases it has now.
The commissioner further disclosed that Alimosho, Oshodi, and Isolo local governments have begun to record more COVID-19 cases and that 97 percent of positive cases at its isolation centers were mild and moderate cases.
While noting that only three percent of the patients in Lagos isolation had severe cases, the commissioner said the COVID-19 mortality rate has been mainly among males.
He said males with pre-existing ailments such as diabetes, cancer, hypertension, and others are prone to die.
He said the 10 positive staff of the State House, Marina, have been taken to isolation centers.
He said 80 people at the State House, Marina, including the governor and his family were tested.
It was only 10 people who were found to be positive, he said.