70% COVID-19 cases in Lagos are asymptomatic –Commissioner

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70% COVID-19 cases in Lagos are asymptomatic –Commissioner

JLara Adejoro

The Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, says 70 percent of COVID-19 cases in the state are asymptomatic.

Abayomi said this during a live Instagram session with Nollywood actor, Adeolu Adefarasin, on Wednesday.

According to the World Health Organisation, an asymptomatic laboratory-confirmed case is a person infected with COVID-19 but who does not develop or show symptoms.

“Asymptomatic transmission refers to transmission of the virus from a person who does not develop symptoms,” WHO noted.

Speaking on the outbreak of the viral infection in the state, Abayomi said, “A significant number of people are infected but do not show symptoms.

“I will put that figure somewhere around 70 percent.

“You could have the virus and not recognise that you are unwell because you have no symptoms and that is why this virus is so contagious.

“You can be infected with COVID-19 and have very few symptoms and many people fall into that category.”

The commissioner urged Lagosians to take precautions by adhering to social distancing and also by assuming that everyone has the virus.

“While we talk about community spread, you just have to assume that everybody has COVID-19 for your own safety, which is why you have to practise social distancing and wear a mask.

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