Oyo confirms first COVID-19 case


Oyo State government has confirmed the first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

This brings the tally of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in Nigeria at this time, to 26. Although, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has not updated its official record.

POLITICS NIGERIA earlier reported that there are 19 patients in Lagos; one in Ekiti; two in Ogun, and three in the federal capital territory (FCT).

In a statement on Sunday morning, Oyo state Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, said public health officials in the state are collaborating with the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan’s team on the case.

The governor added that someone who just returned from the US has been placed under isolation.

“The COVID-19 confirmation test for the suspected case at Bodija has come back POSITIVE. The result was released at 5:35 PM of March 21, 2020,” he said.

“A follow up on the Ekiti COVID-19 case revealed that the deceased was picked up directly from Lagos Airport to a private apartment in Ona Ara Local Government Area.

“The Health Authorities have contacted the family concerned and the community has been alerted for intensified contact tracing and self-isolation of identified close contacts.

“The information is given that he stayed in some hotels in Ibadan is false.

“Another returnee from Texas, USA, has also been identified at Oluyole Local Government Area. She has been kept in self-isolation with close monitoring by the State Epidemiological Team.

“All recent returnees are again urged to identify themselves to Ministry Officials and self-isolate for 14 days.“We have released funds for a. Activation of Emergency Operation Centre at the Ministry of Health; establishment of Diagnostic Centre for the screening of Coronavirus and other related infectious diseases to be stationed at the UCH, Ibadan; equipping of the newly designated Oyo State Infectious Disease Centre at Olodo that has the capacity for over 100 cases.”

The governor listed health helplines for residents as 08038210122 08023229267 08073431342.

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