Tension in Delta over reported Covid-19 death

Tension in Delta over reported Covid-19 death


Tension is brewing in Delta State over the first death from Covid-19, two days after the first confirmed index case was reported.

The decease patient which was not an index case, passed while awaiting result of the laboratory test, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, Olisa Ifeajika said on Thursday night in a statement.

Ifeajika, disclosed however revealed that the test came out positive later.

The deceased had underlying health issues, according to him, had visited Lagos in the past two weeks, adding that the patient, with severe symptoms, presented himself late to the hospital.

According to the statement, the governor’s aide, a medical doctor, said the symptoms on the patient included difficulty in breathing, which prompted immediate and necessary attention to him by medical professionals.

“Shortly after the specimen was taken, he passed away. However, his test results came back positive today (Thursday).

“In order to mitigate against the spread of the virus, we are fast-tracking our contact-tracing to ensure that all those that came in contact with the deceased patient are properly isolated and tested immediately,’’ the statement quoted the governor.

It restated the importance of everyone working “to protect citizens and residents of our State, families and friends of individuals that are exhibiting the primary symptoms of COVID-19, do not keep it from the authorities”.

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