By Ovie Okpare
The index case of the Coronavirus pandemic otherwise called COVID-19 in Delta State was recorded at a private hospital (name withheld), NIGER DELTA TODAY Online can exclusively report.
The cases was recorded in Warri, the commercial nerve centre of the state.
Several sources who pleaded anonymity confirmed the development on Tuesday night to this medium.
The sources said that case who had been receiving treatment in one of the topflight private hospital in the city just recently returned from abroad.
Our sources including medical doctors were, however, silent on the identity of the victim, when this reporter enquire.
One of the sources told our correspondent that the index cases had been evacuated from the private hospital to the state isolation centre at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH) Oghara.
“I’m of the index case. The case was recorded at a private hospital in Warri where the patient had been receiving treatment but has been moved to the Isolation/treatment unit at Oghara”, the said.
Meanwhile, the Delta state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has confirmed that the state has recorded its index case of the dreaded virus.
The governor, however, called for calm saying that the state would overcome the development.
Governor Okowa Speaks on the COVID-19 Case in Delta.
“This evening, a patient in Delta State tested positive for the #COVID19 virus. This index case is already receiving the necessary treatment at one of our isolation centers. Tomorrow morning, I will be addressing our citizens on developments surrounding this case.
“Again, I ask that you all remain calm at this time and continue to adhere to the precautionary measures and isolation directives that we have put in place to keep you and your families safe.
” I have no doubt whatsoever that we will all get through this together”, Governor Okowa said.
Recall that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had on Tuesday announced 16 new cases of the COVID-19 in the country bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 254.
Of the 16 cases, Lagos recorded 10, FCT and Oyo State recorded two each while one was discovered in Delta and Katsina States respectively.
However, there has been anxiety in the state following the development in most parts of the state including Warri where the index case was recorded.