The Delta State Government has directed 17 persons who came in close contact with the index case of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19 in the State to self isolate.
The state Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu made this known on Thursday, during a post exco briefing in Asaba.
“We have been able to trace as much as 17 contacts with the index case and we have asked them to self isolate even as we continue to monitor them”
He added that the index case was favourably responding to treatment at the isolation center in Oghara.
It will be recalled that the state government yesterday revealed that the index case in Delta State as confirmed by NCDC, came from Canada to the state two months ago.
Aniagwu disclosed this on Wednesday night while speaking on Africa Independent Television (AIT) in a live interview on the update of the situation in Delta.
He said the state government has commenced contact tracing for the index case, saying that there was no cause for alarm as the patient was already receiving best of treatment from its medical team.
According to him, “We are not having much difficulty. We have been able to secure his cooperation and by the grace of God he is also responding very well in one of the facility we took him to. Our medical personnel are attending to him.
“In tracing it, we first of all limit it to the environment where he had been for a very long time. He has been in the country for about two months now. He came from Canada.
“He couldn’t come from Canada for about two months before the manifestation of the virus. It’s possible that he received some persons. It’s also possible that he sojourned somewhere where he came in contact with the virus.
“In course of our contact tracing, we’ll be able to reveal all that. We are quite comfortable where we are now and we appeal to our people to see the need to go through the trying times with us.”