Kwara State government has on Monday evening confirmed two cases of COVID-19 in the state.
One of the patients is the wife of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, UITH, patient who died last week Thursday, while the second is a UK returnee.
The Technical Committee Spokesperson on COVID-19 Rafiu Ajakaye disclosed this in a statement in Ilorin.
He stated that, “Technical Committee on COVID-19 sadly confirms two separate cases of COVID-19 in the state. One is the wife of the UITH patient, a UK returnee, who died last Thursday and the other is another UK returnee.
“This statement is issued at 18:33pm, a few minutes after the government received official confirmation of test results from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Test Centre in Ibadan.
“The government will address a news briefing tomorrow morning at 11 am to give details and further measures now being taken to tackle the development.”
Recall that the death of a Chartered Accountant, Alhaji Jimoh Muideen on Thursday night in UITH who just returned from the United Kingdom where he had gone to attend the graduation ceremony of one of his children sparked off tension in Kwara state that COVID-19 might have crept into the state.
But Kwara state government was quick to dismiss the claims saying that there was no concrete evidence that the deceased Alhaji Jimoh Muideen was killed by COVID-19 virus.
The Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN)University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital Chapter’s directive that all medical officers who participated one way or the other in attending to the deceased should immediately proceed on self-isolation, however, lend credence to wide speculation that the deceased might have been killed by the virus of pandemic Coronavirus.
The emergency unit of the hospital, had since been shut down,and it was fumigated.