Coronavirus: Osun govt confirms index case, as Oyetola, wife tests negative

Osun State government on Wednesday confirmed an index case of Coronavirus, as the governor, Adegboyega Oyetola and his wife tested negative for the virus.

Oyetola disclosed this during a press conference at the government house, Osogbo, the state capital Wednesday afternoon.

“Sadly, I want to say that we have the first confirmed case of the novel Coronavirus in the State. It was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

The case is a returnee from the United Kingdom and is currently receiving treatment.

“The sample was tested at NCDC accredited Testing Centre, which is the African Centre of Excellence in Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Ede, Osun and the result returned positive on Tuesday night”, Oyetola explained .

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The governor added that there were other cases of the virus that had tested negative after thorough investigation.

Oyetola opined that the government had contacted the family of the patient and has since commenced contact tracing to identify people who might have been in contact with the confirmed case.

Speaking on what compelled him to subject himself and his family to a medical examination to ascertain his status, Oyetola said : “Considering the fact that I was in Abuja for the better part of last week, as a way of leading by example, I have also subjected myself to test. My wife, because of her recent travel history also subjected herself to test. Both came back negative.

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“To this end, I want to passionately encourage all returnees from UK, US, Europe, the West African Coast and indeed other high risk countries to self-isolate and submit themselves to test, so as to assist the government in containing the spread of the virus.