- Benue state has recorded a new case of COVID-19
- The new case is a returnee from Kano state, according to the state governor, Samuel Ortom
- Governor Ortom advised that anyone who has made contact with the victim should remain in self-isolation in line with the directives of the NCDC
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A new case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Benue, the state governor, Samuel Ortom, has announced on Tuesday morning, May 5.
The Nation reports that the new coronavirus patient is a returnee from Kano.
Legit.ng gathers that Governor Samuel disclosed this while addressing newsmen at People’s House, Makurdi the state capital.
The governor advised that anyone who has made contact with the victim should remain in self-isolation in line with the directives of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
According to the latest data from the NCDC, Benue state now has two confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government vowed to lock down parts of the country again should there be a spike in coronavirus cases.
This was revealed during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday, May 4.
Speaking at the briefing, the director-general of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, lamented that many banks flouted the NCDC’s guideline for social distancing, infection prevention and control.
He said although the NCDC expected some lapses in compliance with safety precautions, it was worried by the widespread disobedience to the guidelines by corporate organisations.
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His words: “We can produce all the guidelines in the world but if organisations are not going to come up and support the implementation of these measures and help us manage the risks and focus on a risk-based approach, then our efforts might amount to little or nothing.
“Today we might forgive a little bit because it was the first day. However, we will have infections because of what happened today, no doubt about that.
“But what is more important is how we can learn from the mistakes of today into tomorrow and into next tomorrow, so that by Friday, hopefully, they will have normalised some of these things.
“We might have a few extra infections today and tomorrow, but what we don't want is an explosion of new infections.
“If we do have that explosion, there will be almost no choice left for the leadership of the country than to ask all of us to go back into our homes.
“So for the benefits of having a few hours a day of coming out and reopening parts of the economy, there is a price to pay and that price is that we organise ourselves to do this strictly.”
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