Coronavirus: Osun discharges index patient, releases 110 Ivorian returnees

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    The Osun state government has released 110 Ivory Coast returnees who were isolated over suspicion of COVID-19.

    The index coronavirus patient in the state has also recovered and been discharged.

    Gboyega Oyetola, governor of the state, broke the news at a press briefing in Osogbo, the state capital, on Sunday.

    The governor said the 127 persons from Cote D’Ivoire who came into the state recently have all been tested, and 17 of them tested positive for the virus.

    “Upon their arrival in the state, as a proactive measure, we immediately quarantined them at an isolation centre in Ejigbo,” he said.

    “We later discovered upon profiling that some of these returnees are indigenes and residents of other states such as Oyo, Lagos, Ogun, Imo, Edo, Delta and Abia, among others. Of the 127 isolated and tested returnees, 17 tested positive for coronavirus while 110 returned negative. Of the 17, we also have persons from other states.”

    The governor said the returnees who tested positive are “undergoing adequate and proper treatment at our care centre and are all stable,” and expressed the hope “that they will soon recover safely from the virus and rejoin their families”.

    “The 110 whose results came back negative have been released to join their families. Among them are: 11 to Oyo state; two are going to Lagos state; one to Ogun State; three each to Edo and Abia states; four to Delta state and one to Imo state, while 85 will remain here in Osun,” he added.

    The released persons have also been advised to observe all prescribed safety and preventive measures and to contact the state “if they start to feel unwell”.

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