By Idowu Abdullahi,
The Oyo State Government has disclosed that two patients who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus have absconded from the state’s isolation centre, saying the development brings the total active cases of the pandemic in the state to thirty-one.
It explained that their action may not be unconnected to the desire of reuniting with their family and loved ones, a development which portends danger and could aid community spread of the virus in the state.
The state’s Governor, Seyi Makinde, who confirmed the development on his social media page on Wednesday, revealed that eleven positive results had been recorded in the space of three days, saying four of the five positive cases confirmed on Tuesday were travellers from the Northern part of Nigeria, while the last patient was a resident in the state.
“Ten cases are self-isolating while twenty-one cases are being managed in the isolation centres in Oyo State; one at the University College Hospital, Ibadan and twenty at the Infectious Disease Centre, Olodo. Nineteen of these twenty cases at Olodo are asymptomatic and the last person has anosmia (loss of smell),” the Governor said.
According to him, a total of nine hundred and seventy-five samples have been collected and are being processed, adding that the citizens should call the states Emergency Operations Centre on 08095394000 | 08095863000 | 08078288999 | 08078288800, should in case of suspected cases or influx of people from other states around their areas.