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13 legislators test positive for COVID-19 in Imo

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COVID-19 pandemic has taken a dangerous swipe at lawmakers in Imo state as 13 members of the Imo state House of Assembly have tested positive to the infection.

  The new cases are part of the fresh nine Covid-19 cases reported by NCDC on yesterday.

  According to report, the new cases were confirmed barely six days after a lawmaker, whose identity was not released, tested positive to the virus.

   Professor Maurice Iwu, the chairman of the state’s Covid-19 task force, had earlier disclosed on Tuesday, that a member of the House of Assembly tested positive for coronavirus.

  Speaking during his weekly press briefing in Owerri, the Imo state capital, Professor Iwu said a woman whose name was not disclosed also died from the complications arising from the disease after safely delivering twins.

  He said the infected lawmaker is currently in isolation with his wife, while tests have been directed to be conducted on all the state lawmakers. On Monday, June 22, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced nine new cases in Imo, bringing total cases to 243.

  It would be recalled that a Covid-19 patient who ran away from Imo state after testing positive has been nabbed at “Oja Oba” market in Akure, the Ondo State capital. The patient tested positive for coronavirus in Imo state and instead of submitting herself for treatment, she escaped to the southwest state, the commissioner for health, Wahab Adegbenro, disclosed.

  A manhunt was launched for her by the Imo and Ondo governments; an exercise that eventually paid off, as she was picked up and taken to an isolation centre.

  Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu disclosed that he is proud of the achievement.

  “We are particularly proud of this feat of collaboration to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It was a joint effort of the DSS and the state surveillance team to track the lady and isolate her before she triggered a major superspreader event.”

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