Police officer dies of COVID-19 in Edo as Oyo also records one death

The Edo State Commissioner for Health, Patrick Okundia has announced the death of a 57-year-old police officer, the second COVID-19 death in the state.

Patrick Okundia said: “We had an unfortunate situation of a 57-year-old police officer, who passed on yesterday (Tuesday). It is not very clear how he got the infection but he developed some illnesses. Initially, there was no evidence of suspicion of coronavirus disease, but when the symptoms started getting worse, he was treated at the police clinic.

“About two days before he died, our surveillance team was called to have a look and it was in that process that they took his sample and sent it to the laboratory, while he continued with his drugs. He was consequently placed on self-isolation. However, the result came out positive. Before we could get to his house to move him out, the man had died.  It is really unfortunate, as the result came after the man had died,’’ he added.

Edo state currently has 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases with seven discharged and two deaths.

Similarly, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State also announced the first COVID-19 death in the state on Wednesday night.

Makinde wrote on his Twitter handle at 11:30 pm on Wednesday that the victim died at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, before his COVID-19 test result came out positive.

“The COVID-19 confirmation test for one suspected case came back positive.

“The patient died at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, before his result came out today- Wednesday; contact tracing has already commenced.

“As reported earlier, one confirmed case was transferred to Lagos, so, there are currently five active cases in Oyo State,” Makinde tweeted.

Oyo State also has 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as at Wednesday night, out of which one person died and another was transferred to Lagos.

Ten persons were also discharged after making recovery and testing negative twice.

As at Wednesday night, Nigeria has a total number of 873 confirmed cases. 197 have made full recovery and are discharged while 28 have died.

Lagos state is the epicentre of the outbreak in the country with a total of 504 confirmed cases. See the breakdown of cases by states in the country.

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