COVID-19: Osun awaits results of 30 samples

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The Osun Government says it is awaiting the results of 30 samples of suspected coronavirus patients from the contact tracing it embarked on.

Dr Rafiu Isamotu,the state's Commissioner for Health disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Osogbo.
He said that the samples were sent to the African Centre of Excellence in Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Ede, which was accredited by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

He said the contact tracing was carried out in Ejigbo, Osu, Ife East, Ilesa and Ede.

Isamotu , while explaining the reason for the contact tracing in those areas, said the wife of a confirmed case in Ife was said to have travelled to Osu after she left Ife and returned to Ilesa.

He said 24 contacts were located by the state COVID-19 Taskforce Committee and their samples taken for evaluation.

"Six other samples were later collected after some residents of the state called the attention of the team to suspected cases which made the total samples to be 30," he said.

The commissioner said that all the 14 suspected cases that were subjected to test on Sunday were returned negative on Monday.

Isamotu also revealed that the three health workers who initially tested positive for coronavirus, had tested negative but were still being subjected to another round of test, in line with NCDC protocol.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state has so far recorded 34 cases of COVID-19 as confirmed by NCDC, 18 were treated and discharged, while two died.

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