Despite Soaring COVID - 19 Cases In Ogun, Mortality Rate Remains Low - State Govt - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, June 11, 2020

Despite Soaring COVID - 19 Cases In Ogun, Mortality Rate Remains Low - State Govt

Ogun State government has given insight into the sudden spike in the figure of new cases of COVID - 19 pandemic in the state.

The State government said the Tuesday record of 108 cases of COVID-19, the highest since the index case was recorded on February 27, 2020.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, who attributed the spike to the  increased population sampling and increased testing capacity to 600 daily, assured that  there was no cause for alarm.

Coker added that  majority of the positive cases were also asymptomatic.

She  emphasized the need for people to focus on the outcome of the cases, which had been favourable for the State, saying that, more patients were being discharged, while only 13 fatalities, which was about three percent of the total confirmed cases recorded so far.

She called on residents to continue to act responsibly by observing all the necessary precautions such as physical distancing, use of nose masks, respiratory and personal hygiene.

"We are extremely fortunate with the outcomes of the cases so far. We have low mortality and many of the cases are asymptomatic. Also, we have discharged 202 patients as of today. That is close to half of the total confirmed cases so far.

"Our government is continuously learning more about the pattern of COVID-19 in our communities. This has informed our decision making in the process of defining our new norm, which explained why we have decentralized sample collection and integrated it into health facilities within communities, as well as commencing community-based management of COVID-19," she stated in a release.

The Commissioner said the State would continue to remain vigilant and monitor the emerging trend, while following best practices to execute appropriate measures to curb the pandemic.

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