A man has died of the COVID-19 disease in Delta State two weeks after returning to the state from Lagos, one of the epicentres of the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.
This was announced by the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa via his Twitter handle.
The governor also revealed that the deceased had symptoms of the virus but failed to present himself on-time to health authorities in the state. By the time he was brought in, the Coronavirus symptoms had spread too far.
The man died before his test results which was positive came out.
The Governor assured the people of Delta State that authorities are doing their best to fast track contact tracing of the deceased so they can be isolated and tested.
“I have just been informed of another case of #COVID19 in Delta State. The individual in question, had underlying health issues and had visited Lagos State in the past two weeks. The patient presented himself late to one of our hospitals with severe symptoms.
These symptoms included difficulty in breathing. He was immediately given the necessary attention by healthcare professionals. Shortly after the specimen was taken, he passed away. However, his test results came back positive today.
In order to mitigate against the spread of the virus, we are fast-tracking our contact tracing to ensure that all those that came in contact with the deceased patient are properly isolated and tested immediately.
Again, it is important that as we work to protect the citizens and residents of our state, families and friends of individuals that are exhibiting the primary symptoms of the #COVID19 virus, do not keep it from the authorities. If you see something; say something.”
Nigeria’s confirmed Coronavirus infections topped 288 with 51 recoveries and 7 deaths as at 9:30 pm April 9.