Covid-19: Anambra index case discharged, 68 samples negative

Anambra state government, Monday, disclosed that non-essential markets in the would be reopened once their leaders assured their readiness to comply with the World Health Organisation (WHO) directives on measures to stay safe from the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).

The state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Adinuba, who disclosed this in a statement, explained that Governor Willie Obiano took the decision, given that the state COVID-19 index case was treated and discharged within four days.

According to Adinuba, 68 samples including the contact tracing of the index case equally returned negative, hence Obiano’s declaration last Saturday that he had relaxed lockdown after 28 days.

“He announced, for instance, the lifting of the restriction on intrastate vehicular movement, but not interstate movement because COVID-19 could be brought into Anambra state again from another part of the country.  

“He directed that the foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals markets could now open daily, instead of only twice a week. Churches, he added, could resume normal services, but as directed by their leaders who have displayed a great appreciation of the severe COVID-19 dangers.

“The nonessential markets, he announced, would be reopened once a meeting is held on Monday, April 27, with their leaders and they agree to such protocols as observing social distancing, compulsory wearing of face masks by sellers, buyers and suppliers, and the availability of a big container of water with soaps in every line in each of the open markets which people will use regularly to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds on each occasion.

“The easing of the restrictions came on the heels of the spectacular treatment of the state’s sole confirmed COVID-19 case. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced the index case on Good Friday, April 10, and the state government began managing the case within hours. After four days of solid treatment, the NCDC declared that the status of the index case had been reversed from positive to negative,” he added. 

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