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COVID-19: Ondo records first index case

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Shortly after the Ondo State Government set up palliative committee to cushion the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic, the state has recorded its first index case, despite closing all the six borders points on Wednesday.

The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo, in a statement made available to journalists in Akure, yesterday, confirmed the case, but urged the residents to remain calm.

According to him: “It is with great concern that the Ondo State Government announces the first index case. A suspected case tested positive to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We thank God for His protection thus far. Ours has been a case of anxiety while we enjoyed a COVID-19 free state status. This development has, however, repudiated that enviable status, even as we urge all to be vigilant and keep ourselves within the precincts of measures put in place.”

Meanwhile, the case was confirmed on the third and last day of a statewide fasting and prayer proclaimed across the 18 councils of the state by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

Akeredolu also confirmed the news on his Twitter handle, saying: “We have just received confirmation of our first positive #COVID-19 case in Ondo State this evening.

“The infected person is currently under isolation and will be monitored. We have activated all necessary protocol to locate all contacts and will be working closely with @NCDCgov.

“The infected is in very stable condition and we ask for calm from all in Ondo State. We are on top of this and ask that our citizens to continue to follow all preventive measures to ensure they remain safe.”

Responding to curiosity of residents on how the index case entered the state, Akeredolu disclosed: “The index case is a military officer who was a returnee from India. He has been in isolation since he returned and has been monitored by the medical team of the military and our state team throughout this period.

“Upon showing some symptoms, his samples were taken and the diagnosis confirmed by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) at their lab in Ede, Osun State. We have now commenced the transfer of the officer to the state isolation centre.”
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