Lagos Tracing 2,293 Contacts as Community Transmission Increases


Lagos State Government has said it was tracing 2,293 persons of interest amid community transmission increase of COVID-19.

The state Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, in a press briefing on Monday, said Lagos has begun to experience more local transmission of coronavirus cases since the borders and airports were closed.

He noted that 352 contacts have completed their 14-day isolation period and exited the list of people under isolation.

“We have 2,645 passengers of interest that we are tracing. 352 of them have completed their 14-day isolation and we are still following up with 2,293. In the next few days, most of them will exit their 14 days of isolation.

“The number of cases without a travel history has increased from 45 percent to 80 percent- that demonstrate that there is more local transmission going on as importation of cases is decreasing.

“Passengers of interest are the persons that have flown into Lagos on a flight where we have identified a confirm COVID-19 patient. The risk is that being on that flight with a confirmed case, they have been exposed and there is a possibility that they will manifest with COVID-19,” he said.