Ondo State has recorded its FIRST coronavirus case, about five weeks after the first case of the disease was reported in Nigeria.
The Governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu, announced this via his verified Twitter handle this evening.
He revealed that the state government received the report from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) shortly before he made the announcement.
Governor Akeredolu noted that the infected case has since been placed under isolation and would be monitored.
He urged the residents of the state to stay calm, adding that the government has put necessary measures in place to identify all the contacts of the patient.
Read the governor’s tweets below:
We have just received confirmation of our first positive #COVIDー19 case in Ondo State this evening. The infected person is currently under isolation and will be monitored. We have activated all necessary protocol to locate all contacts and will be working closely with @NCDCgov.
— Arakunrin Akeredolu (@RotimiAkeredolu) April 3, 2020
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation in Ondo, Donald Ojogo, also confirmed this in a statement.
Ondo Records First Index Case
It is with great concern that the Ondo State Government announces the first index case. A suspected case tested positive to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We thank God for His protection thus far. Ours has been a case of anxiety while we enjoyed a COVID-19 free State status.
This development has, however, repudiated that enviable status even as we urge all to be vigilant and keep ourselves within the precincts of measures put in place.
God help Ondo State.