Coronavirus Update: DEATH IN DELTA AS COVID-19 CLAIMS FIRST VICTIM; CONTACT TRACING FOR INDEX, DECEASED CASES FAST-TRACKED

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, today, Thursday night, 9th April, 2020, announced that a patient suspected to have contracted Coronavirus in the state had died.

His Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, said in a statement in Asaba that the governor disclosed that the case, which was the second, after the first confirmed on Tuesday, was awaiting outcome of the test conducted on it when the patient passed away.

He stated that the deceased had underlying health issues and had visited Lagos in the past two weeks, adding that the patient, with severe symptoms, presented himself late to the hospital.

The governor said that the symptoms on the patient included difficulty in breathing, which prompted immediate and necessary attention to him by medical professionals.

“Shortly after the specimen was taken, he passed away. However, his test results came back positive today (Thursday)”, Okowa said.

The Delta Governor added that in order to mitigate against the spread of the virus, the COVID-19 Rapid Response Team is fast-tracking contact-tracing to ensure that all those that came in contact with the deceased patient are properly isolated and tested immediately.

Okowa restated the importance of everyone working “to protect citizens and residents of our state, families and friends of individuals that are exhibiting the primary symptoms of COVID-19, do not keep it from the authorities.’’

According to him, if you see something, say something. The governor assured that he would continue to keep all Deltans informed of new developments on the pandemic in the state.

Writing on his verified social media handles to confirm the first casualty, Governor Okowa said:

I have just been informed of another case of #COVID19 in Delta State. The individual in question, had underlying health issues and had visited Lagos State in the past two weeks.

The patient presented himself late to one of our hospitals with severe symptoms including difficulty in breathing and was given the necessary attention by healthcare professionals. Shortly after the specimen was taken, he passed away. However, his test results came back positive today.

In order to mitigate against the spread of the virus, we are fast-tracking our contact tracing to ensure that all those that came in contact with the deceased patient are properly isolated and tested immediately.

Again, it is important that as we work to protect the citizens and residents of our state, families and friends of individuals that are exhibiting the primary symptoms of the #COVID19 virus, do not keep it from the authorities. If you see something; say something.

I will continue to keep you all informed of any new developments.

Unconfirmed reports have hinted that the first COVID-19 death case in Delta State as confirmed by Governor Okowa, is a popular pastor, based in Warri.

Government and other sources say he was 57-years old and had died at the isolation centre of the Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH), Oghara, on Wednesday, 8th April, while awaiting the result of his sample from the Irrua Specialist Hospital, in Edo State.

The sources claim that the deceased, who is the confirmed second case of the COVID-19 in Delta State, has his church located in a popular area of the Warri metropolis, adding before the late pastor was transferred to Oghara, he had been hospitalised at a popular private hospital in Warri where he had spent several days before he was referred to Oghara where he eventually passed on.

In a related development, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu has revealed that the Delta State Government has directed 17 persons who came in close contact with the index case of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19 in the State to self isolate.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu who made this known on Thursday, 9th April, during a post exco briefing in Asaba, added that the index case was favourably responding to treatment at the isolation center in Oghara.

Aniagwu, who had earlier disclosed on Wednesday night while speaking on Africa Independent Television (AIT) in a live interview on the update of the situation in Delta, that the index case in Delta State as confirmed by NCDC, came from Canada to the state two months ago, added that there was no cause for alarm as the patient was already receiving best of treatment from its medical team.

“We have been able to trace as much as 17 contacts with the index case and we have asked them to self isolate even as we continue to monitor them,” he said

“In tracing it, we first of all limit it to the environment where he had been for a very long time. He has been in the country for about two months now. He came from Canada.

“He couldn’t come from Canada for about two months before the manifestation of the virus. It’s possible that he received some persons. It’s also possible that he sojourned somewhere where he came in contact with the virus.

“In course of our contact tracing, we’ll be able to reveal all that. We are quite comfortable where we are now and we appeal to our people to see the need to go through the trying times with us.”

According to him, “We are not having much difficulty. We have been able to secure his cooperation and by the grace of God he is also responding very well in one of the facility we took him to. Our medical personnel are attending to him,” Aniagwu disclosed.

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