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COVID-19: Five under quarantine in Ebonyi

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Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State says five persons are under self-observation in the state, among them an Indian who arrived in Nigeria recently and a First Bank worker who had contact with a returnee.

The Governor stated this while briefing Journalists on recent developments in the state on the Coronavirus outbreak.

He said that four persons, including the Indian, came into the state from different countries that have an outbreak of the Coronavirus while one person was said to have had contact with a returnee.

He said that the Indian citizens are a staff of Royal salt Ikwo.

Hé said the staff of First Bank in Abakaliki visited his mother in Anambra, who just came back from one of the countries with the outbreak.

He, however, said there is no cause for alarm as the self-isolation is precautionary adding that all the 5 persons are doing fine.

“We send health personnels to check their vitals everyday and so far they are not showing any symptoms. The Indian also has a nurse staying with him and monitoring him, so far his vitals are normal”, he said

He revealed that he has directed the Ezza South and Ikwo Council Chairmen to liaise with security agencies and ensure the immediate arrest of families that conducted burial in the state yesterday.

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He said that the arrest would serve as a deterrent to other families that would disobey government order.

It would be recalled that the State government had last week Monday gave a directive banning burial, wedding ceremonies, conferences and other social activities in the state.

Governor Umahi who expressed his displeasure by the disobedience to the directive insisted that all those behind the conduct of the burial no matter how highly placed must be arrested.

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The State Governor also ordered for the immediate arrest of the mortuary attendant at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo who released the corpse to the family for burial.

Governor Umahi ordered the 13 council Chairmen alongside Development Center Coordinators to move around the rural communities and all the nooks and crannies of the state to ensure that no burial or wedding is conducted in the state on Saturday.

He warned that he would not hesitate to sanction anyone that allows or compromise to the directive adding that there must concerted effort by all to ensure that the state does not with an outbreak of the virus in the state.

The State Governor also said that from Saturday, it would take over some hotels in the state to enable the health workers to reside there for optimum productivity adding that government would pay all accrued bills generated while the period last.

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He further pointed out that all the staff of the hotel that would be taken over by the state government would be relieved of their duty while the health workers would employ cleaners and ensure that the hotels are fumigated.

Similarly, Governor Umahi has disclosed that about 5 persons are currently on self-isolation in the state.

Reacting to the stoppage of the release of the corpse to families for burial, the Chief Medical Director, Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, Dr. Emeka Ogah said that the hospital management has directed that no corpse should be released to anyone except as directed by the Governor.

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JUST IN: Nigeria records 387 new COVID-19 cases, total now 10162 cases

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Nigeria’s total confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) have risen to 10,162.

According to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, 307 new cases were recorded on Sunday with Lagos recording the highest number of 188 as usual.

Also, 13 other states and FCT recorded new cases while 3,007 patients have been treated and discharged.

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Prompt News reports that 14 new deaths were added on Sunday, bringing the total fatalities to 287.

“307 new cases of #COVID19;

Lagos-188
FCT-44
Ogun-19
Kaduna-14
Oyo-12
Bayelsa-9
Gombe-5
Kano-3
Delta-3
Imo-2
Rivers-2
Niger-2
Bauchi-2
Plateau-1
Kwara-1

“10162 cases of #COVID19Nigeria
Discharged: 3007,/Deaths: 287

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Bayelsa confirms first COVID-19 death

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The Bayelsa State Government has confirmed the death of a Coronavirus patient from complications linked to the disease.

The Director of Public Health in the state’s ministry of health and member of the state’s COVID-19 task force committee, Dr Jones Stowe who confirmed the death of the patient said the deceased is one of the two military personnel who was among the new cases announced in the state a few days ago.

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Daily Trust reported that the deceased died after suffering from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and other related complications days after testing positive for Coronavirus.

Bayelsa state has so far recorded 12 confirmed cases of Coronavirus.

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COVID-19: Monarch seeks lockdown extension

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The Chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers told the Federal Government on Sunday to extend the current lockdown as the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria nears the 10,000 mark.

Eze Samuel Ohiri made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, saying the lockdown extension was necessary to avert the rapid spread of the deadly virus in rural communities.

Nigeria has currently recorded 9,855 confirmed cases of the virus, 553 of which were recorded in the past 24 hours.

Two hundred and seventy-five deaths have also been recorded with 2,856 people discharged after recovering from the disease, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

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On March 4, President Muhammadu Buhari announced a nationwide lockdown to check the spread of the virus and extended the lockdown on May 4.

Ohiri, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Hi-Tech Diagnostics Ltd., noted that the lockdown had isolated the deadly virus to only metropolitan areas.

“Any plan to relax the lockdown at this time is not advisable because it will trigger community transmission from the metropolitan areas to rural areas.

“Nigeria at the moment has lost over 200 lives to COVID-19 and we cannot afford to lose more. So let government not relax the lockdown for now.”

The monarch also lauded the Federal Government’s efforts so far in containing the virus, urging State Governments to sustain the restriction on inter-state movements.

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According to him, as soon the lockdown is lifted, inter-state movements will commence and community transmission will set in.

“A country like Ghana recorded unprecedented 60 per cent increase in COVID-19 infections after relaxing their lockdown.

“This disease is very deadly that even the survivors still suffer damage of one organ or the order, especially the lungs.”

The royal father, however, described speculations of conspiracy theory on COVID-19 as unfounded rumours, saying that proper education was required to prepare people against the virus.

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He emphasised the imperative of collective responsibility in the fight against the virus, saying that total adherence to safety measures was key to reducing spread.

Ohiri disclosed that his firm had manufactured testing kits for COVID-19 and that the kits were capable of showing results in five minutes.

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