Covid-19: Bayelsa announces lockdown as index case rejects NCDC test result

The middle aged woman who reportedly tested positive to the dreaded Coronavirus in Bayelsa state has rejected the test result announced by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), insisting that she was simply a hypertensive and diabetic patient.

Addressing a press conference in Government House, Yenagoa, the governor of the state, Senator Douye Diri, said that the patient who is currently under isolation at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH) is in stable condition and has vehemently denied having any travel history before the lockdown of borders.

He said the said woman suffered from the symptoms of Coronavirus for one week before she willingly submitted herself for testing at the Government House Clinic in Yenagoa.

The governor also announced a partial lockdown of the state, restricting intra-state travels, saying the dusk to down curfew would still be in force.

He said “all her contacts would be followed up, including environmental decontamination would be conducted. The specialist hospital were she was first admitted and treated for Malaria has since been closed down and contact tracing of all staff who were on duty and people who visited the facility on that day have since commenced.

“The task force will remain in response mode to contain the spread of the disease. Early detection would be the focus of the taskforce from now on. Everybody should therefore remain at home for the next one week starting from midnight today.”

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