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COVID-19: Lagos announces end of 4th wave

  The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, says consistent decrease in COVID-19 case positivity indicated the end of the four...

 

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, says consistent decrease in COVID-19 case positivity indicated the end of the fourth wave in the state.

Mr Abayomi disclosed this through his verified Twitter account @ProfAkinolaAbayomi on Saturday, while giving the state’s COVID-19 update for January 20.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state had on December 7 announced the beginning of the fourth wave as the daily infection figure from the virus spiked.

Mr Abayomi said that there was a reduction in positivity rates of COVID-19 infection from 29.3 per cent recorded on December 21, to 1.9 per cent as of January 20.

According to him, bed capacity utilisation now stands at two per cent, and fatality rate stands at 0.71 per cent.

The commissioner said that 46 new infections were confirmed on the reported date increasing the number of COVID-19 infections in the state to 98,284.

He noted that 1,023, 203 sample tests had been conducted since the inception of the pandemic in the state.

Mr Abayomi advised residents to get vaccinated and continue to adhere to non-pharmaceutical interventions to further reduce the spread of the virus.

18 days before Christmas in 2021, Nigeria had crossed 1,000 new daily infection cases with a total of 1,424 new cases.

This mark brought Nigeria closer to a fourth wave and as the number continued to increase, five days to Christmas, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC announced that the country had entered its fourth wave of the pandemic.

According to the NCDC, as of December 19, the country had recorded 223,887 cases and 2,985 deaths from the virus.

Lagos state was not left out as governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu also announced the fourth wave through a press statement that went viral.

The governor who also pointed out the review of Nigeria’s travel protocol by the Presidential Steering Committee, said his state would ensure total enforcement.

Sanwo-Olu reiterated the need for inbound passengers to take the post-arrival Day 2 test within 48 hours of arrival into the country, as well as an additional Day 7 PCR test for all partially or unvaccinated returning travellers.

“Based on this, we will commence the prosecution of those that refuse to submit themselves for these mandatory tests by blacklisting their passports for 1 year.

“This would be carried out in partnership with the Presidential Steering Committee. In addition, all foreigners that flout the rules would be subject to possible deportation,” he said.

Reduction in Covid-19 cases in Lagos

According to NCDC records, as at December 28, 2021, Lagos State began to record a reduction in positive cases of the virus.

The first documented reduction was from 29 per cent on December 21, to 15 per cent by December 28, 2021.

The state continued to record a reduction in it’s cases until it announced the end of the fourth wave today.

Nigeria Statistics

On the 21st of January 2022, Nigeria recorded a total number of 236 new confirmed cases and 1 death.

According to NCDC, till date, 251 930 cases have been confirmed, 225906 cases have been discharged and 3124 deaths have been recorded in all 36 states of Nigeria.

In all of these Lagos has the highest number with 98,044 confirmed cases, followed by FCT with 27, 989 and Rivers with 16, 307.

Kaduna has 11,150, Plateau, 10, 223 and Oyo with 10,185 while other states continue to follow behind.



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