A nine-year old has tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Enugu State, according to the state government.

This brings to 9 the number of COVID-19 cases in the state, the state Commissioner for Health, Obi Ikechukwu, said in a statement he personally signed; adding the minor is the fourth COVID-19 case in the state with travel history.

In the statement, titled: ‘New Confirmed Case Of COVID-19 In Enugu, Ikechukwu said, “Thus the total number of cases ever reported in Enugu now rises to Nine (9) with seven (7) active cases.

“The patient has been admitted into one of our Isolation and Treatment Centres, further contacts are being identified and line listed, and necessary samples will be taken for testing.”

The commissioner said that the decontamination of the patient’s home has been promptly carried out; while reminding the people of the state to stay at home, and only go out when absolutely necessary.

He added, “Further, when going out, you are strongly advised to wear an appropriate cloth face mask, avoid touching the front of the mask, and to always remove the mask from both ears at once, wash and iron if possible once you get home.

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

“Wash your hands as often as possible with soap and running 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 allow you to wash your hands.

“Finally sanitize surfaces all round you as often as possible with a 1in6 mixture of bleach and water.

If you think you are ill with COVID 19 symptoms or know someone with COVID 19 symptoms, do not hesitate to call the numbers: 08182555550 or 09022333833 or the NCDC number: 080097000010.

“If I do these, I protect you, if you do these you protect me! Stay Safe!”

 

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