Enugu State has recorded three new positive cases of COVID-19 just as Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has warned that the Presidential curfew must be strictly observed by the people of the state. The three new cases came on a day two other cases were discharged from one of the state’s isolation and treatment centres. According to the State Commissioner for health, Prof. Ikechukwu Obi, “Presently, Enugu State has had 15 cases with nine active cases and six cases discharged after testing negative.” Prof. Obi explained that “the two cases that have tested negative are case number 5 and her daughter who is case number 9.” According to him, “The 3 new positive cases, who entered Enugu State illegally during this ban on inter-state transportation, are as follows: Case 13 is a 25-year-old man from Ondo State who lives in Lagos and made his way first to Akwa Ibom, then to Rivers State and finally to Obollo Afor in Udenu LGA of Enugu State, all within the period of closure of all land boundaries and inter-state movements. He developed symptoms while at Obollo Afor; the health authorities were alerted, he was tested and his result came out positive. “Case 14 is a 38 year old male, from Okpuje in Nsukka Local Government Area who lives in Nassarawa State and found his way back to Enugu State during the same period of lockdown. On suspicion that he may have contacted the virus, he initially went into self-quarantine in a hotel at Nsukka. He subsequently developed symptoms and alerted the health authorities. He was tested and his test result also came back positive. “Case 15 is a 28 year old female and a widow who hails from Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area, Enugu State and lives in Lagos State with her husband. She recently lost her husband in Lagos and was able to smuggle her husband’s corpse back to Enugu State for burial despite the lockdown in Lagos State and the national ban on inter-state movement. Her action raised suspicion and the health authorities were alerted. She was subsequently tested and her result came back positive.” The commissioner regretted that “these unfortunate figures are coming up as a result of individuals who have deliberately disobeyed the lockdown order and inter-state transportation as ordered by the federal and state governments.” He said: “in these times, we all need to comply strictly with all measures and regulations and exercise restraint from behaviours that will put others at risk.” Meanwhile, in a bid to tackle the illegal movements, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has warned residents of the state to strictly observe the Presidential curfew and ban on interstate movement, saying that no violator would be spared.
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Wed May 20 , 2020