Anxiety in Warri as Delta records first case of COVID-19

There is anxiety in Delta’s oil city, Warri, over the record of an index case of the novel Coronavirus in the State.

 According to sources, the case was discovered at a private hospital within the commercial hub of the state.

Sources who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed the development.

The sources disclosed that the person, who recently returned from a foreign trip, had been receiving treatment in the hospital.

They, however, declined to reveal the identity of the victim but assured that the index case had been moved to one of the established four isolation centres, name withheld, in the state.

Governor of Delta state, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has also confirmed that a case has been recorded in the state.

Addressing citizens this morning, he stated that the person had been in the state for two weeks before the lockdown which took effect a week ago.

Okowa called for calm and charged Deltans to continue to adhere to the precautionary measures and sit-at-home directive in order to ensure safety of all individuals and families, further warning that defaulters would be duly prosecuted.

He stated that relevant officials have begun contact tracing of possible persons the case may have had contact with, just as he appealed to practitioners in private hospitals to report cases with COVID-19 symptoms to the designated centres.

Recall that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had on Tuesday announced 16 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, one of which was discovered in Delta.

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