THE Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has linked the eleven COVID-19 positive cases in the state to people who defied the national lockdown, closure of state borders, and presidential order restricting interstate and entered the state.
Updating the residents of the state, Wednesday, on confirmed positive cases of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the governor further disclosed that the 11th confirmed positive case, announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on May 12, was a 40-year old male who had been in Kano State since April 2020 and came back to Enugu on May 4, 2020.
The governor stated, “it has become imperative that we all take responsibility to protect our dear state from the illegal influx of people into the state.”
He therefore asked all those charged with the responsibility of protecting the state borders with neighboring states, “to put more efforts to ensure that our boundaries are properly secured to curb this unfortunate importation of the COVID-19 into the state.”
According to Ugwuanyi, “on March 28, Enugu had its positive index case, a couple from Isi-Uzo Local Government Area, who had just then returned from the United Kingdom and Dubai. Both have been successfully treated and discharged.
“One month after the index cases were confirmed, on April 28, Enugu had its third confirmed positive case, a female indigene of Bauchi State with a history of travel to Bauchi and Plateau states.
“On May 1, Enugu had its fourth confirmed positive case, a female indigene of Umuchigbo in Enugu East Local Government Area, who with her nine-year old daughter returned to Enugu, after falling ill, from Lagos State where they resided.
“On May 2, the State had its 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th confirmed positive cases, all of whom are close contacts of the 3rd confirmed positive case and who travelled with the third confirmed positive case to Bauchi and Plateau states.
“On May 6, Enugu had its 9th confirmed case. A nine-year old daughter of the 4th confirmed positive case, who returned to Enugu with her already ill mother.
“On May 7, Enugu had its 10th confirmed positive case, a son of the 3rd confirmed positive case, who also travelled with the mother to Bauchi and Plateau states.”
The governor urged the residents of the state to continue to abide by the protocol established by the NCDC, including the mandatory use of face masks in public, maintaining physical distancing and high level of personal and respiratory hygiene.
Ugwuanyi reassured the people that his administration will continue to do all within its powers to effectively contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.