- As Nigeria continues to record more coronavirus cases, one of the patients has escaped from an isolation centre in Taraba state
- The escapee, identified as Talatu Idris, whose whereabouts is unknown, has thrown residents into panic
- However, relevant measures have been put in place to track her down
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There is tension in Taraba following the escape of one of the eight persons confirmed to be positive to the coronavirus in the state.
The individual escaped from the NYSC isolation centre, Channels TV reports.
This was disclosed by Innocent Vakkai, the chairman of the Taraba state technical committee on COVID 19 while briefing journalists in the state capital, Jalingo on Saturday, May 2.
Vakkai gave the name of the escapee who is now at large as Talatu Idris. He added that efforts were ongoing to find her.
The chairman further stated that additional ventilators have been procured by the government to assist in the treatment of patients.
On the repatriation of Almajiris in the state, Vakkai said those that test positive to the virus will be isolated before they are repatriated, while those who are negative will be repatriated to their states of origin.
A report on The Guardian disclosed that residents have been thrown into panic following news of the escape.
Some residents in Jalingo, the state capital, who expressed their misgivings to The Guardian, said there was a need for the committee to collaborate with security operatives to fashion out measures that would lead to her immediate arrest.
Meanwhile, the director-general of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said that Nigeria and the rest of the world would not return to normalcy until next year - at the very least.
Nigeria currently has 2388 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Out of that number, 385 have been discharged and 85 deaths recorded.
The NCDC reported 220 cases of the novel coronavirus in Nigeria on Saturday, May 2. The new cases are among the highest to be reported in the country by the federal health agency.
According to the report, Lagos tops the list with 62 cases while Federal Capital Territory, Abuja followed has 52 cases.
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