- Covid-19 pandemic has taken a dangerous swipe at lawmakers in Imo state
- 13 members of the Imo state House of Assembly have tested positive to the infection
- The new cases are part of the fresh nine Covid-19 cases reported by NCDC on Monday
There is anxiety in Imo as 13 lawmakers of the state House of Assembly reportedly tested positive to the coronavirus pandemic.
The new cases were confirmed barely six days after a lawmaker, whose identity was not released, tested positive to the fast-spreading Covid-19 virus in the state.
Professor Maurice Iwu, the chairman of the state's Covid-19 task force, had earlier disclosed on Tuesday, June 16, that a member of the House of Assembly tested positive.
Speaking during his weekly press briefing in Owerri, the Imo state capital, Professor Iwu said a woman whose name was not disclosed also died from the complications arising from the disease after safely delivering twins.
He said the infected lawmaker is currently in isolation with his wife, while tests have been directed to be conducted on all the state lawmakers.
On Monday, June 22, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced nine new cases in Imo, bringing total cases to 243.
In a related news, Legit.ng had reported that a Covid-19 patient who ran away from Imo state after testing positive has been nabbed at "Oja Oba” market in Akure, capital of Ondo state.
The patient tested positive for coronavirus in Imo state and instead of submitting herself for treatment, she escaped to the southwest state, the commissioner for health, Wahab Adegbenro, disclosed.
A manhunt was launched for her by the Imo and Ondo governments. This eventually paid off as she was picked up and taken to an isolation centre. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu disclosed that he is proud of the achievement.
He said: "We are particularly proud of this feat of collaboration to help prevent the spread of #Covid19. It was a joint effort of the DSS and the state surveillance team to track the lady and isolate her before she triggered a major superspreader event."
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