Enugu State records its first case of coronavirus

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Enugu State registers its first case of coronavirus

ONE of the two cases of COVID-19, a female, confirmed by the Ministry of Health in Enugu State has been transferred to the Colliery Hospital. 

A statement by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. Ifeanyi Agujiobi, confirmed that two persons who recently returned from the United Kingdom (UK) have tested positive to coronavirus.

Agujiobi, said that the double-index case in the state had voluntarily presented themselves to the public health department and that their test was positive for the virus.

 “It is important to inform the public that the patients voluntarily contacted the Ministry of Health on arrival from the United Kingdom and requested for the COVID-19 test, which came out positive.”

Agujiobi added that, “so far, the patients have remained in isolation and the Enugu State Multi Sectoral Rapid Response Team has commenced contact tracing.

“The Government express her gratitude to these patients who reported to the Ministry of Health following the announcement that all returnees from overseas in the last 14 days should report for evaluation.

“We encourage all those that returned recently from overseas to contact the State Public Health Department through these dedicated lines- 08182555550 or 09022333833.

“We urge the public not to panic as the Health Personnel are already positioned to respond to the present situation even as all should observe high level of personal hygiene and maintain the social distance protocol and where possible stay home.”

The state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on March 24, 2020, ordered the closure of all pubs in the state and directed all civil servants to proceed on leave, asking them to “work from home till further notice.” 

The directive, however, excluded those on essential services, such as medical personnel and security agencies among others. 

The governor also on March 27, further ordered the closure of all borders and markets in the state with effect from 6pm on March 31, 2020, while indicating that more stricter measures may be rolled out in the future.

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