Enugu Government confirms six new COVID-19 cases, warns of community transmission
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
The Enugu State Government, on Thursday, alerted residents of the State that they were gradually entering into the community transmission of the coronavirus disease.
The commissioner for health in the State, Dr. Obi Emmanuel Ikechukwu disclosed this while confirming six new COVID-19 cases in the State.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, had in its latest update, announced that Enugu recorded six new cases.
Confirming the development, the commissioner said some of the new cases had no positive travel history, an indication that community transmission was now looming in the State.
He said, “Update on COVID-19 cases in Enugu State is that there were 3 newly confirmed positive cases in the state, the day before, and 6 newly confirmed cases late evening of Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
“However, yet another previously positive case has responded to treatment, tested negative and discharged.
“Consequently, the total number of cases of COVID-19 in Enugu State at the moment is 27 (13 active and 14 discharged, no death).
“The Enugu State Ministry of Health wishes to correct the misinformation from its last update. It was announced that the total number of cases in Enugu State was at 19, with 6 active cases and 13 discharged. However an error from the reference laboratory was quickly detected and a case that was reported positive, on further investigation, was reconciled and confirmed negative.
“The patient remained in quarantine for the period of clarification of the result. The quickly repeated test helped to avoid, for the individual, the experience of being wrongly admitted into an isolation and treatment centre.”
He added that, “prior to this update, Enugu State had seen a total of 18 cases, 5 active and 13 discharged.”
He gave a breakdown of the new cases as follows:
“Case Number 19 is a 55-year-old male, from Enugu East LGA, with no positive travel history.
“Case 20 is a 17-year-old male from Udi LGA, who had been exposed to an individual that had returned to Enugu briefly for a burial ceremony and had returned to Delta State where he tested positive for COVID – 19.
“Case 21 is a 23-year-old female also from Udi LGA who had also been exposed to this same burial attendee as above that travelled to Enugu from Delta State, who returned and tested positive.
“Case 22 is a 25-year-old male from Enugu East, with no travel history.
“Case 23 is a male from 9th Mile in Ngwo, Enugu North LGA, who came into Enugu from Imo State a week ago.
“Case 24 is a female from Enugu North LGA.
“Case 25 is a 45-year-old male contact of case 19, with a history of international travel to an undisclosed country.
“Case 26 is a 66-year-old male from Enugu South LGA and a recent returnee, a few days ago, from Onitsha, Anambra State.
“Case 27 is a 55-year-old female university lecturer with a history of exposure to someone with symptoms of COVID-19
“It is pertinent to inform the public at this stage that community transmission is gradually being established in Enugu State.
“The Enugu State Government continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the State Ministry of Health also continues to treat its existing cases, respond to alerts, carrying out contact tracing and following up on suspects and probable cases.
“As the social directives of the Federal Government and the Enugu State Government gradually ease, the public health advisories of the Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, and the Enugu State Ministry of Health, essentially remain as important as ever and should be adhered to.”
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