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CORONA VIRUS; ONE DIES, AS CONTACT TRACING OF SUSPECTED CARRIERS BEGIN IN IMO


Tunji Adedeji

Imo State has recorded it first COVID-19-related death, even as the number of confirmed cases in the state hit 12 cases out of the 86.

This was disclosed on Wednesday by the Prof. Maurice Iwu led Task Force Committee on Covid–19 while briefing newsmen in Owerri .

According to him,” contact tracing of active cases in the state is in full gear. Imo State has not yet recorded any official coronavirus death from those in the Isolation Centres of Government. “

“A case of covid-19 death was reported on Saturday in Imo State of somebody who died in his house, but whose blood sample tested positive to the pandemic.”

The Chairman informed that only 12 cases are active out of the 86 and that they are being treated at two different centres in Owerri: six at FMC Isolation Centre and another six at Well-being Centre along Orlu Road, also in Owerri. The gender spread, he said, is three females and nine males.

Prof. Iwu urged anyone that has the trace of infected persons or suspects to the coronavirus disease to report to the committee, emphasizing that the virus is real, even though many are still in doubt of its existence.

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He reassured that his committee is not relaxing on its oars as the members are daily steping up testing and sensitization to ensure that Imo State is safe from the unknown enemy.

Prof. Iwu reiterated that three categories of people are mostly endangered in this fight and they are persons 65 years and above, people suffering from diseases or other ailments and the third group, health workers who come in contact with the Covid–19 everyday in the line of duty.

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