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Bed occupancy level in Lagos State COVID-19 care centers increases to 51%

Abayomi made this known through his verified Twitter account @ProfAkinAbayomi, on Friday while giving the state’s COVID-19 update for Jan. 6.

He stated that the eight care centres are; Infectious Disease Hospital 1 and 2, Yaba, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Armour, Paelon, Vedic, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, and Federal Medical Centre, Ebute Metta.

Abayomi stated the care centres had the 448-bed capacity, with 219-bed spaces presently unoccupied.

The commissioner added that level of oxygen utilization for COVID-19 patients had elevated at the IDH, Yaba.

Abayomi stated that the initial projection for oxygen usage in IDH was 70 cylinders per day, however over a 71 per cent increase had just been recorded there.

“Given the increases in cases, oxygen usage is expected to increase,” he stated.

Abayomi stated that the state recorded 807 new COVID-19 infections on the reported date (Jan. 6), its highest daily infection figure, exceeding the previous figure of 712 recorded on Jan. 4.

The commissioner stated that the newly confirmed cases had increased the state’s total COVID-19 infections to 34,169.

He stated that the whole number of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state since the inception of the pandemic stood at 234,508.

According to Abayomi, 3,032 COVID-19 patients who had been efficiently treated and recovered had been discharged from the state’s care centres.

“Total number of #COVID19 recovery in communities – 24, 518.

“Cases currently under isolation – 170, active cases under home-based care are 6,203,” he announced.

Abayomi stated that the state recorded two new COVID-19 associated fatalities, increasing the total deaths to 246.

Giving an update on disease severity, he stated that 48 per cent of the patients had mild symptoms, 35 per cent had average symptoms, whereas 16 per cent had been severe and one per cent had critical symptoms.

Abayomi stated that 54 per cent of the patients exhibited symptoms on admission, 46 per cent had no symptoms, whereas 30 per cent of infected patients had co-morbidities.

He listed the exhibited symptoms to include cough, fever, shortness of breath, general weakness, chest ache, anosmia, catarrh, loss of taste and appetite, nausea, chills, and dizziness.

Abayomi noted that studies had shown that COVID-19 spreads through droplets released when talking, coughing, sneezing or singing.

“Wearing masks reduces the spray of these droplets. #TakeResponsibility to #MaskUp in public.

“No one is certain who is infected!” he stated.

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