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Two test positive as Abia records first COVID-19 case

Abia State has recorded its first Coronavirus case as two persons were reported to have tested positive to the virus. Abia State government confirmed this much, on Monday night.

The index persons were identified as natives of Ukwa and Umuahia North Local Government Areas, respectively.

A release signed by Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi-Kalu, said both patients were advanced in age and that they were stable in one of the isolation centers in the state.

According release, the governor of the state, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has ordered the deployment of ventilators to the center in readiness for their use on the COVID-19 patients.

 The Information Commissioner added that serious efforts were being made to trace those that have contact with the index patients.

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He added that another patient, Prosper Vincent, whose sample was taken by NCDC officials over the weekend returned negative, adding that he (Vincent) would be released from isolation center.

“We have received the report of two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Abia State this evening from NCDC. Both patients are advanced in age but currently stable at an isolation center in our state.

He said contact tracing has commenced and that the state’s rapid response team is currently moving to bring in those who may have had contact with the two index cases.

Okiyi-Kalu called on the people of the state not to panic but continue to observe all the guidelines issued by NCDC and the state inter-ministerial committee on COVID-19.

“Based on the ages of the patients, we are looking at a possible community transmission and will strongly advice that all those who may have come in contact with the two individuals who hail from Ukwa and Umuahia North areas of the state should immediately call 0700 2242 362,” the release further stated.