ENUGU and Ebonyi states have confirmed new cases of Covid-19, raising concerns that the spread of the coronavirus might be creeping into community transmission in the states.
On Sunday four new COVID-19 cases emerged in Enugu, involving two adults and two children, who live in Enugu but hail from Bauchi State, bringing the number of cases in Enugu to 8 with 6 active cases and two recoveries; while the Ebonyi Governor, David Umahi, confirmed two more cases, the 4th and 5th cases of the disease in the state.
In a statement, Umahi stated that the two patients, a 24-yr-old woman and a 22-year-old man, tested positive.
The female, a hair dresser from Ogwu Uburu in Umuobuna ward in Ohaozara Local Government Area, resides at No. 30 Queen Close, Okpara Avenue, Enugu had returned with her family members on April 24 to Ogwu Uburu, according to Umahi.
The governor explained that the female patient was picked from Uburu to Stadium, the quarantine centre. She is one of the contacts of the third positive case Ebonyi, recorded on May 1.
According to Umahi, the man was a returnee from Lagos State; he was on his way to Ishieke in Ebonyi Local Government Area where he was caught by a security officer and brought to stadium on Monday, April 27, 2020.
“He lives at No 197 Eshibiri, Ojo Local Government Area Lagos. He was said to have left Lagos on April 26 and entered Ebonyi – Enugu Nkalagu border where boarded a bus to Ezzambo Junction.
“From Ezzamgbo Junction he entered a vehicle to Effium where he took a commercial cyclist, okada to Ede Ishieke in Ebonyi Local Government Area where he was apprehended by a security officer who now brought him to stadium, the quarantine center on Monday, April 27. His sample was collected, tested and the result came out positive. The two patients have been isolated and moved to our treatment center.”
The governor, who did that claimed that the patients were responding to treatment, implored the residents of the state to continue to be vigilant as this is a task for everyone and not only the security men.
Meanwhile, in a statement, the Enugu State Commissioner for Health, Obi Emmanuel Ikechukwu, stated that the individuals apprehended in the state had travelled to Jos, Plateau State alongside the third positive case in Enugu.
The Commissioner urged residents of the state to continue to observe all Covid-19 safety protocols and endeavour to leave home only if it was absolute necessary.