Sanwo-Olu cautions residents as Lagos records 135 deaths amid COVID third wave
Gov. Sanwo Olu

The Lagos government has disclosed that 135 deaths have been recorded in the state amid the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was disclosed on Monday by Sanwo-Olu during a media briefing on the COVID situation in the state.

Sanwo-Olu on July 11 had cautioned Lagos residents of a third wave of infections following an increase in the number of cases recorded in the state.

However, the federal government on August 2 declared that Nigeria was experiencing a third wave of infections.

Sanwo-Olu while speaking at the briefing on Monday said since the start of the pandemic, 5,551 positive cases have been admitted at COVID isolation centres in Lagos.

“We are now clearly in the middle of third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and Lagos has remained the epicentre of the disease in Nigeria,” he said.

“Test positivity rate currently stands at 12.1 percent, compared to 1.1 percent at the end of June, and seven percent at end of July. As at August 21, 4,387 positive cases are currently being managed actively in community.

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“Over the course of managing the COVID-19 pandemic, about 5,551 patients have been admitted into our various COVID-19 care centres in Lagos, with 506 registered fatalities. Of these deaths, 135 have sadly, happened in this current third wave.

“I commiserate with all residents who have lost loved ones to the pandemic. We share in your pain and grief. As a society and as a government, it is for us to redouble our efforts to defeat this devastating pandemic.”

The governor said the state has seen a surge in severe cases, adding that the number of oxygen cylinders used rose from 75 per day to 400 within the third wave.

“In terms of treatment of severe cases, we have seen a gradual increase in the uptake of oxygen during the current wave. Utilisation has increased from 75 cylinders per day at the beginning of this third wave, to over 400 cylinders per day currently,” he said.