Osun confirms first case of coronavirus

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…As Oyetola, Wife test negative

Abimbola Abatta, Osogbo

The State Government of Osun has, on Wednesday, announced its first confirmed case of the novel Coronavirus.

It was gathered that the patient, who is a returnee from the United Kingdom, was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC and is currently receiving treatment.

Governor Oyetola, while addressing journalists at the government’s house, disclosed that “the sample was tested at NCDC accredited Testing Centre, which is the African Centre of Excellence in Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Ede, Osun and the result returned positive on Tuesday night.”

The governor noted that the confirmed case is not the first to be subjected to an investigation, however, noting that “so far, all the others have tested negative.”

“The Government had contacted the family of the patient and has since commenced contact-tracing to identify people who might have been in contact with the confirmed case,” Oyetola added.

In his words, “considering the fact that I was in Abuja for the better part of last week, as a way of leading by example, I have also subjected myself to test. My wife, because of her recent travel history also subjected herself to test. Both came back negative.”

He, therefore, called upon all “returnees from UK, US, Europe, the West African Coast and indeed other high-risk countries to self-isolate and submit themselves to test, so as to assist the government in containing the spread of the virus.”

“The Emergency number to call is 293. Other numbers are 08035025692, 08033908772 and 08056456250.”

As part of the government’s effort to contain the spread, a Taskforce has been set up to man all the state land borders and conduct preliminary screening, while all major markets will be shut down with effect from Friday, March 27.

However, traders are allowed to sell food items in front of their houses, while pharmacies are exempted from the ban.

In the same vein, the government “has set up holding centres, and the one in Asubiaro Specialist Hospital, Osogbo, is up and running to isolate and treat suspected and reported cases of the virus in the State.”

The governor further stated that the previous ban placed on public gatherings, church services, Mosques, social events and political meetings among others remain in force.

While emphasizing that the measures take immediate effect, Governor Oyetola allayed the fears of the citizens and residents of Osun, assuring them that the case is under control.

“I want to urge you all to continue to observe necessary precautionary measures by regularly washing your hands with water and soap and also maintain the prescribed social distance,” the governor added.

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