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Escape of Covid-19 Patient in Abia Sparks Fear of Further Infection

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The coronavirus flare-up in Nigeria may spread again after a patient escaped from a holding facility in Abia state, complicating efforts to contain the disease that has infected 8,733 across the nation.

The Abia state government said Mr. Emmanuel Ononiwu, absconded after testing positive for COVID-19.

As of May 27, 2020, Abia has recorded 10 COVID-19 cases.

“He escaped from a temporary holding facility in Aba prior to movement to an isolation center after being informed of his COVID-19 status,” said  John Okiyi Kalu,  commissioner for information.

“All subsequent appeals made to him through his phone line, 08033484117, fell on deaf ears as he insisted that he will not turn himself in and has gone ahead to switch off his line along with that of his spouse who is also required to come in immediately for testing.

“His last tracked location was around Asa Triangle in Aba South LGA. If seen anywhere, please report to the nearest security agency or call 0700 2242 362, but do not approach him without full protection to avoid infection.

“Enforcement teams all over the state are also advised to be on the lookout and take him in as soon as he is found.”

All those who had contact with him in the past 14 days were advised to call the state authorities in order to submit themselves for testing.

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