The Enugu State Government last night 28 April 2020 announced a new confirmed case of COVID-19 in the State.

State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi, said in a statement that the afflicted fellow travelled from Enugu to Jos, Plateau State, on 28 March and began manifesting symptoms of the disease within a week of his return on 14 April.

The patient developed the symptoms on 21 April but reported to a frontline health centre on Saturday 25 April from where the Enugu State COVID-19 Rapid Response Team was called in to do a test that turned out positive.

“The result returned on the evening of 28 April 2020 as a confirmed positive case,” the Commissioner said in the statement.

“The patient has been admitted into one of our Treatment and Isolation Centres, while contacts are being identified, line-listed and for samples to be taken for testing.

“Decontamination of the residence of this case will also be promptly carried out.

While commending eagle-eyed frontline health care workers, Government implored “gallant members of our security forces who … man our interstate borders and points of entry, day and night… to tighten their dragnet in order to avoid further risk of movement of persons not on essential services, across the state’s borders.”

Dr. Obi also advised residents of Enugu State to stay at home, and only go out when absolutely necessary

“Further, when going out, you are strongly advised to wear an appropriate ‘cloth’ face mask, avoid touching the front of the face mask, and always remove the mask from both ears at once.

“You are advised to practice physical/social distancing of at least 2m (or 6ft) apart from each other, and practice proper respiratory hygiene (cough or sneeze into your elbow, use a tissue if you must and discard immediately into a safe and secure bin.

“Wash your hands as often as possible with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or the length of time it takes you to sing the happy birthday song twice) or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when there is no facility to wash your hands.

“Finally sanitize surfaces all around you as often as possible with a 1-in-5 mixture of bleach and water.

“Please Stay Safe,” he pleaded.