The Plateau State Government on Sunday announced the first death resulting from COVID-19 in the state.
Governor Simon Lalong made the announcement during a media briefing on the update of COVID-19 in Plateau at Government House, Jos.
Lalong explained that the patient died before his result of COVID-19 which read positive came out.
“As of today, we have successfully treated and discharged 10 infected persons including the index case who have all been reunited with their families.
“The other 22 infected persons are still undergoing treatment and in stable condition. Sadly, one suspect whose sample was taken died yesterday before his result was returned positive,” he said.
He said the state had recorded more cases of COVID-19 that rose to 33, which had necessitated redoubling of efforts to checkmate community spread, by conducting contact tracing, isolating suspected contacts and treating the infected patients.
The governor said breaches at the inter-state border was the major challenge the state was facing in its efforts to control the spread of the disease but was engaging community members to block illegal routes.
“This has exposed the state to more dangers of COVID-19, as virtually all the cases we have recorded, originated from other states and were imported by people who defied our directives and entered the state at all costs. This is indeed sad,” he said.
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