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It is no fluke! The Lagos COVID19 new numbers are dropping

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Lagos recorded its first sub-50 number of new COVID19 cases in over four weeks as it reported 38 fresh cases on Sunday almost matching the number of discharged patients of 31.

Testing stayed close to 2,000 daily tests across the country on Saturday.

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reports that so far 76,802 tests have been carried out nationwide.

There is no official explanation of the Lagos COVID19 new case statistics but it could be attributed to either the reluctance of the vulnerable population to testing or that testing is just not adequate.

Ominously, there is still the fear of rising numbers owing to disregard for social distancing rules as prescribed by the Lagos State government.

Lagos is the epicentre of the COVID19 novel coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.

Across the nation, 260 new cases were reported from 19 states, the breakdown as follows: Abia(67), FCT(40), Lagos(38), Ogun(19), Gombe(16), Edo(14), Imo(9), Kwara(8), Katsina(8), Nasarawa(8), Borno(8), Kaduna(6), Bauchi(5), Ekiti(4), Niger(2), Ondo(2), Plateau(2), Kano(2),Sokoto(2).

12,486 COVID19 cases have been confirmed nationwide, 3,959 cases have been discharged and 354 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Lagos reports a total of 5,767 confirmed cases, of which 4,756 are active with 67 deaths.

Earlier, the Lagos State Government announced that it had discharged 31 COVID19 patients on Sunday, bringing the total number of patients successfully treated to 1,025 so far.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced this in a statement in Lagos.

“Good people of Lagos, today, 31 fully recovered COVID-19 Lagos patients; 25 males and six females were discharged from the Onikan, Gbagada, Agidingbi, Lekki and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Isolation facilities to reunite with the society.

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“’The patients, six from Onikan, four from Gbagada, two from Agidingbi, six from Lekki and 13 from LUTH Isolation Centres were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative to COVID-19.

“’With this, the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases that have been successfully managed and discharged in Lagos has risen to 1025,’’ Sanwo-Olu said.

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