Enugu records 4th COVID-19 case, worries about manner of infections

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Enugu, NCDC staff fumigating at a market in Enugu
The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi with his team.

The Enugu State government has announced another COVID-19 case in the state, a development that lists a total of four confirmed cases of the disease, with two active patients, two discharged patients and zero death, so far.

The Commissioner for Health, Obi Emmanuel Ikechukwu, in a  statement disclosed that the 39 year old patient “used to live in Lagos,” and recently returned to Enugu and developed the symptoms for COVID-19 shortlyn. He didn’t disclose the timeline.

With the latest development, which is not a contact of the 3rd case, 

Enugu now has a total of four confirmed cases of the highly infectious disease, with two active patients, two discharged patients and zero death.

He stated: “This person travelled back to Enugu, on April 22, 2020, took ill subsequently and reported to a mission hospital in the state.

“A staff of the hospital alerted the state COVID-19 response team, days later and samples were taken on April 29, 2020, which turned out to be positive on  May 1, 2020.

“Thus far, cases reported in Enugu have had positive travel history.”

He urged security agencies and members of the public to be more vigilant at all border entry points to the state, as Enugu has continued to record cases that are not primary contacts of confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, he advised residents of the state not to stop observing all the official safety protocols and directives outlined by WHO, NCDC and the State Government.

He enjoined them to “stay at home as much as you can, use a clean cloth mask daily if you have to go out. Do not touch the front of the mask while wearing it; Remove your mask only from both ears at the same time. 

“Wash your cloth mask, dry it and iron it everyday, maintain respiratory hygiene when you have to cough or sneeze and maintain social/physical distancing always. Don’t forget to wash your hands as often as you can with soap and running water protect me.”

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