In Borno: Police arrests COVID-19 patient for sneaking into IDP camp

The Borno State government has arrested a Coronavirus patient, who escaped the state’s Isolation centre and sneaked into Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Maiduguri.

Checkout Magazine learnt that the fleeing patient led the burial of an index case in the state, after it was confirmed by the state’s COVID-19 response team, led by the deputy governor, Umar Kadafur.

“The arrested patient was tested positive of coronavirus after the burial of the index case in Biu town,” he said, noting that the patient managed to escape and sneaked into the IDP camp along Damboa road, Maiduguri.

He said after the sneak, he also mingled with other IDPs, including his family members and relations in camp.

Health Commissioner, Dr. Salihu Kwayabura, Dr. Salihu Kwayabura, disclosed yesterday in Maiduguri, at a daily media update on the coronavirus disease that on receiving an alert on the location of the patient, the committee evacuated him from camp to a COVID-19 isolation centre.

He noted that the patient is being treated without exhibiting the symptoms of the deadly virus.

On latest development on COVID-19 result sample tests, he said: “Positive cases remains 15, while the two suspected cases from Dikwa who were brought into the state have been tested negative to the virus.”

He said out of the positive cases, 12 are contacts from the index cases, while three were independent of the index cases.

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