Suspected American Coronavirus Victim Dies In Ekiti State     

Funsho Akinwale

The suspected 27-year-old American coronavirus carrier who might have infected the driver in Ekiti State has been confirmed dead.

His death was announced on Wednesday by the Ekiti State Taskforce on COVID-19, led by Governor Kayode Fayemi.

Dr Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, the State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, did not give the name of the American in her statement .

Yaya-Kolade disclosed that the late American was driven by a 38-year-old Ekiti indigene from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

Arriving from Richmond, Virginia, United States, he visited his 31-year-old Nigerian caregiver in Ibadan before heading to Ado-Ekiti, where he was tested positive for the virus.

The Ekiti indigene was one of the five new COVID-19 cases announced yesterday in Abuja by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire.

“We have commenced the process of contact tracing, working with the Federal Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) following the team’s itinerary since they landed in Nigeria on the 3rd of March 2020.

“We have also contacted the Oyo State Government since it was recorded that they stayed in Ibadan for two weeks before arriving Ekiti State.

“The confirmed case is very stable and not showing any symptoms while NCDC will repeat the test for the caregiver who is also in self-isolation.”

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