By Dave Okpogadie, Asaba
Delta State has recorded the first death from the Coronavirus. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa Thursday night, announced that a patient suspected to have contracted Coronavirus in the state has died.
Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Olisa Ifeajika, said in a statement in Asaba that the governor disclosed that the case, the second, after the first confirmed on Tuesday, was awaiting the outcome of a test conducted on him when the patient passed away.
He stated that the deceased had underlying health issues and had visited Lagos in the past two weeks. He added that the patient who, developed 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).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,’’ he said.
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,’’ the governor advised, adding,”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.
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