Ebonyi state has recorded its 4th and 5th cases of Coronavirus, the state governor David Umahi has announced.
The Governor made this known when he phoned into the Situation Room, a program about coronavirus on the state’s broadcast stations. He added that both patients are in their twenties.
Speaking on how they got infected, the governor said the 4th case returned from Lagos with the virus while the fifth case got the virus from the third case at the Pa Oruta Ngele Stadium Abakaliki temporary isolation area.
“The 4th case is a 22 years old boy who leaves in Ojo Lagos. He left Lagos on 26 and entered Ebonyi through Nkalagu border. And from there entered the bus to Ezzamgbo junction. Thereafter he entered the bus to Ede Ishieke in Ebonyi local government,” the governor said.
He said the man was intercepted at Ishieke by the state’s COVID-19 task force and brought to the stadium where a sample was collected from him which turned out to be positive.
On the fifth case, Governor Umahi said she returned with her family from Énugu State, where she resides but was brought to the holding area in Abakaliki in line with the policy of the state government that anyone who comes in from outside the state must be tested.
“The fifth case is a 24 years old girl. A hairdresser from Awgu in Uburu in Ohaozara Local Government Area. She resides at No 30 Queens close?kpara Avenue in Enugu.
“She was picked from Uburu to stadium. While at the stadium she had contact with the third case and this evening her result came out and she tested positive.”
Mr Umahi, however, noted that the family members that she came back with all tested negative.
He said they will still be kept at the holding area and monitored for the next 14 days.
Mr Umahi said that he has also directed the medical team to go for contact tracing of all the patients’ contacts.
The governor while urging residents to remain vigilant urged them not to panic as the state government was doing all in its power to prevent the spread of the virus.
He said all the confirmed cases are doing well at the isolation centre.
“In the next one week, I am sure that they will be cleared to go home after they must have tested negative twice”, he said.