Covid-19: Fleeing patient arrested sneaking into IDP camp


The Borno State government has arrested a Coronavirus (COVID-19) patient, after sneaking into Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Maiduguri.

According to the state’s COVID-19 response team led by the Deputy Governor, Umar Kadafur, the fleeing patient led the burial of an index case in the state.

“The arrested patient was tested positive of coronavirus after the burial of the index case in Biu town,” he said, noting that the patient managed to escape and sneaked into the IDP camp along Damboa road, Maiduguri.

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He said after the sneak, he also mingled with other IDPs, including his family members and relations in camp.

Member of COVID-19 response team, Dr Salihu Kwayabura, who doubles as the Health Commissioner, disclosed yesterday in Maiduguri, at a daily media update on the coronavirus disease that on receiving an alert on the location of the patient, the committee evacuated him from camp to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation centre.

He noted that the patient is being treated without exhibiting the symptoms of the deadly virus.

While updating on COVID-19 result sample tests, he said: “Positive cases remains 15, while the two suspected cases from Dikwa who were brought into the state have been tested negative to the virus.”

He said out of the positive cases, 12 are contacts from the index cases, while three were independent of the index cases.


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