COVID-19 Positive Patient Escapes From Imo to Trade in Ondo Market


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A woman who tested positive to COVID-19 in Imo State, refused treatment and ran down to Akure, the Capital of Ondo State.

The woman was apprehended while trading at the popular Oja Oba Market, Akure after refusing to be treated in Imo State.

Confirming the incident, the Commissioner of Health for Ondo State, Wahab Adegbenro said the woman was found after a joint manhunt was launched by the Ondo and Imo state governments.

The woman was caught selling second hand clothes at the market by state officials.

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Wahab lamented the possible high rate of community transmission caused by this and appealed to residents to adhere strictly to safety regulations as laid down by regulating agencies.

He also revealed that she was found one day after the Imo state announced the escape of 25 COVID-19 positive patients from the state facility.

The news was also confirmed by Vitus Ekeocha, a member of the Imo State task force on COVID-19 and the State Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA).

He said 96 travellers who violated the ban on inter-state travel had been intercepted during their journey from Imo to Delta, Rivers, Abia, Anambra, Ondo, Lagos and some southwestern states.

He said the passengers escaped after their samples tested positive for the virus.

He said security agencies released some others even before the results of their samples were ready.

The identities and contacts of the escapees were sent to various state governments as well as security agencies who have been tracking down the escapees.

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