Four persons related to a Bayelsa state index case of Covid-19 have tested positive for coronavirus-19.
They were among the two hundred and four confirmed cases of the Covid-19 released by the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday night.
The brought to five the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus recorded in the state.
Confirming this on Friday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital via press conference, the Co-chairman of the Bayelsa state Task Force on Covid-19 and Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Health, Dr Inodu Nathaniel, said the four confirmed cases were among seven samples sent to the Irrua Reference Laboratory for test.
He said the four confirmed cases who had since been placed on self-isolation have been evacuated to Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, (NDUTH) isolation centre, where they will be managed and closely monitored.
Dr Nathaniel further revealed that other samples including that of the health worker who provided direct clinical care to the index case tested negative.
He said, “All the contacts of the confirmed cases will adequately listed and followed up, including necessary environmental decontamination. Samples will be collected from their high-risk contacts while risk communication and community engagement will continue unabated as usual.”