Jude Chinedu, Enugu
Enugu government has confirmed four new COVID-19 cases in the state, making it the state with highest number of cases in the South East.
The new cases which were announced by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Obi Ikechukwu on Saturday, brings the number of COVID-19 cases in the state to eight.
“Four confirmed COVID-19 cases have emerged in Enugu State. These new cases are two adults and two children who live in Enugu and hail from Bauchi State and travelled to Jos, Plateau State, with the case that was reported as the 3rd positive case in Enugu.This brings the status of positive cases ever reported in Enugu to eight with six active cases. Please Continue to observe the safety measures,” Ikechukwu said.
A couple who had returned from the United Kingdom, were the first to test positive in the state. The two were discharged on April 15 and 16 respectively, having recovered from the disease.
The third case was however spotted on April 29 as a resident who traveled to Plateau started developing symptoms of the virus and subsequently tested positive.
Two days later, a 39 year old man who lives and works in Lagos, but recently returned to Enugu tested positive for COVID-19 after developing symptoms of the disease, bringing the number to four.
In what was considered a leap in the number of cases in the state, the health commissioner, in a statement on Saturday, announced four new cases in the state.
Meanwhile, residents have continued to call on the state Governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, to ensure that all entry points into the state were properly shut as all cases so far recorded in the state were imported from other states.
One of the residents, Mrs Anita Chinyere, said it was regrettable that all efforts of government at curbing the spread of COVID-19 into the state were let down by those manning the state’s land borders.
She however commended the state government for engaging neighbourhood watch groups, councillors and community leaders to assist security agencies at the borders, noting that such arrangement could lead to an effective monitoring.