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In Ebonyi, all three family members test positive of COVID-19



… Ekiti to start random testing

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A  FAMILY of three has all tested positive for coronavirus in Ebonyi State.

  Gov. David Umahi disclosed this yesterday during a live broadcast at Government House, Abakaliki.

  According to him, the three new cases are a father, his wife and their three-year-old child. He explained that the three -year old is the eighth coronavirus patient.

  He also said that plans weare being perfected to erect gates at inter-state borders in continuation of Ebonyi’s efforts to further curtail the spread of coronavirus. The plan to erect gates, Umahi further explained, arose from people’s inability to obey the restrictions on inter-state movement.

  “As of today, we have a total of eight cases. Three of the cases are very sympathetic because they involve a man and the wife and their child. The man and the wife have two children; one is a year plus, the other one is three years.

  Then we tested the man and the woman. In fact, we took the woman and the man and tested them and both of them tested positives. Now, those are the sixth and seventh cases. On 11th of this month, one of the kids, the three-year-old, tested positive.

The doctors have been battling because the child that tested negative is still sucking breasts and the doctors have told the father and the mother to isolate the child since the child tested negative twice.

I spoke with Enugu State governor and we agreed to erect the gate together and it is still on my mind to erect gates at our borders so that when we lock them, we just go home. We will build them in such a way that even if you want to go through the bush, you cannot pass,” he said.

  In a related development, Ekiti State will next week, begin random testing of residents across the state.

  Explaining the measure as part of the government’s efforts to avert the spread of the pandemic, Ekiti State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade added that all the claims by institutions that they have produced herbal cure for COVID-19 must be scrutinised through medical screening before approval.

Yaya-Kolade spoke in Ado Ekiti yesterday while giving an update on the pandemic.

  Similarly, Kogi State Government said it had acquired 5,000 antigen-based test kits for the coronavirus, assuring the people of the state of the government’s preparedness to ensure that COVID-19 is contained in the State.

  Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Audu Haruna, made this known during a practical demonstration of some of the test kits in Lokoja before newsmen yesterday.

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