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COVID-19 patient who escaped Delta isolation centre nabbed in Enugu

A COVID-19 patient who fled Delta State isolation and treatment centre to Enugu State has been arrested and sent back to Delta. Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, directed the arrest and repatriation of the patient to Delta.

The Enugu State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ike Obi, said the state rapid response team on COVID-19 and the security network acted in line with the executive order from the governor. Dr Obi in a statement issued yesterday, said that their team “in a coordinated sequence of events with the Delta State COVID-19 taskforce, moved swiftly yesterday, detected, contained and returned a confirmed COVID-19 case who had escaped from an Isolation and Treatment Centre in Delta State to Enugu.

“Consequently, contact tracing and decontamination has commenced immediately. For record purposes, total cases ever detected in Enugu State remain eight, with six active cases receiving treatment.

The Enugu State Ministry of Health, therefore, reminds the good people of Enugu State that in times like these, we owe a responsibility to each other to inform relevant authorities when we develop symptoms or know someone who may have symptoms or history of cross boundaries travel into the state.”

The Commissioner also reminded residents of the state on the need to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 restriction orders and other precautionary measures in the state, which remain in force until further notice, as earlier announced.

Obi said that all inter-state land boundaries remain closed except for medical emergencies and movement of essential goods and services, while the Presidential directive on compulsory use of face masks or covering in public and the overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am had taken effect from May 4.

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