- Delta state has recorded its first COVID-19 death on Thursday, April 9, taking the death toll to seven in Nigeria
- Governor Okowa confirmed the development, noting that the deceased reported to the hospital late as he was already having severe symptoms
- The deceased died shortly after his samples were taken for the test
Delta state has recorded its first COVID-19 death as a patient who tested positive for the virus died before the test result came out, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has disclosed.
Governor Okowa stated on Thursday evening, April 9, on Twitter that the deceased patient who had underlying health issues had visited Lagos state in the past two weeks.
The Delta state governor also said that the deceased presented himself late to one of the state's hospitals with severe symptoms, including difficulty in breathing.
He was immediately given the necessary attention by healthcare professionals but died shortly after the specimen was taken.
However, his test results came back positive on Thursday.
"In order to mitigate against the spread of the virus, we are fast-tracking our contact tracing to ensure that all those that came in contact with the deceased patient are properly isolated and tested immediately.
"Again, it is important that as we work to protect the citizens and residents of our state, families and friends of individuals that are exhibiting the primary symptoms of the #COVID19 virus, do not keep it from the authorities. If you see something; say something," Governor Okowa stated.
With the COVID-19 death in Delta state, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has stated that the total number of people lost to the virus in Nigeria is now seven.
The NCDC also confirmed 14 new cases of coronavirus infection in Nigeria on Thursday evening. Thirteen of the new cases were confirmed in Lagos, while one case, the deceased, was detected in Delta state.
Thus, Delta state has one active coronavirus case as the second patient has died.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the second COVID-19 patient in Ekiti state had recovered from the virus as the person tested negative twice, according to Governor Kayode Fayemi.
The Ekiti state governor who made this known on Twitter on Thursday evening, April 9, added that the patient has been discharged from the state's Infectious Disease Hospital on the same day.
Governor Fayemi expressed appreciation to the medical team that took care of the patient but noted that the war against the coronavirus pandemic is not finished yet and urged people of the state to continue to stay at home.
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