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2 Military Men Infected By Coronavirus In Bayelsa


The Deputy Chairman of the Bayelsa State COVID-19 Task Force, Dr Inodu Nathaniel Apoku while giving an update on the newly reported cases of Coronavirus in the state confirmed that two men of the Nigerian Army have tested positive for the novel virus.

On Monday night, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, confirmed two hundred and twenty-nine new cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria, out of which Bayelsa state records a case.

However, confirming previous cases in Bayelsa State, Apoku who is also the Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Health, noted yesterday that the newly confirmed patients have been taken to an isolation centre, while contacts tracing is ongoing.

Apoku revealed that the men of military personnel were confirmed with a recent travel history from Lagos and Delta states.

He said, “The case announced on May 22 is a single lady in her late thirties. She is a businesswoman and lives within the Yenagoa metropolis. She called our emergency lines with complaints of fever, cough, and malaise and requested for COVID-19 tests. The State Rapid Response team investigated her case and collected samples for testing even though she did not admit to any travel history. She is not epidemiologically linked to any previously confirmed case in the state.”

“She has since been evacuated for further treatment at one of our isolation centres. She is currently clinically stable and receiving optimal medical care.”

“The 3 new cases announced yesterday are a cohort. They were referred to us by a medical doctor. Their cases were investigated and samples collected. They are also not epidemiologically linked to any of our previously confirmed cases but admitted to recent travel histories to Lagos and Delta States. Two of them are military men while the third is a household contact with one of the two. They are all males.

Apoku added, “They have been evacuated to one of our Isolation Centres. They are all clinically stable and receiving optimal medical care.”

As at the time this report is given, confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Bayelsa State are eleven, Naija News understands.

Meanwhile, Jigawa State government has announced the discharge of 32 patients from its COVID-19 isolation centre in Dutse.

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