Professor Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, said the state has yet to reach its peak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Abayomi stated this while providing an update on the pandemic in the state in Alausa, the state capital on Thursday.
Lagos State is considered as the epicentre of the new coronavirus in Nigeria as the state has recorded the highest number of confirmed cases in the country, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) – 2,954 cases with 40 deaths reported as of Wednesday.
He stated that the state government is not surprised that more confirmed COVID-19 cases are being recorded in the state.
“We know the outbreak is expanding, so we expect to see more cases.
“We have not reached our peak yet, but the graph and the rate of new cases are very gentle and that is what we defined by our module and it is following through to the trend that we defined in our module to see this kind of increase,” he said.
Abayomi rebuffed the notion that the state is witnessing a dramatic rise in the number of cases.
According to him, Lagos State is experiencing a gradual rise compared to the situation in other parts of the world.
He said: “We knew we were going to see about 200 (cases) by this time and maybe by next week, we might be seeing 250 or 300 per day.
“When you will say something is dramatic is if it goes from 50 to 200, to 1,000; that will be dramatic and that’s what was seen in the northern hemisphere – in Europe and America.
“Ours is gradual; we’ve gone from 50 to 70 to 100 to 130 to 150 and now for the first time, we are seeing numbers approaching 200 per day.”
The commissioner noted that one of the factors responsible for the increased figure of new cases was the improved testing capacity of the state.
He said: “We now have four laboratories that are testing and they have the capacity to test 24 hours a day on different shifts. So, our total testing capacity has gone up to 800 tests a day.”
Abayomi had on 8 May stated that Lagos State may have 120,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by July or August.