Tension as Anambra COVID-19 index case disappears

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Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State

There is tension in Anambra State following the alleged disappearance of the index coronavirus (COVID-19) case in the southeast state on Sunday.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced on Friday that Anambra had recorded a confirmed case.

According to The Nation fear has since gripped residents as the index case was said to have visited three different hospitals in the state.

He was also said to have made contacts with so many others before he ran away

But the Anambra state commissioner for health, Dr Vincent Okpala and his information and public enlightenment counterpart, Mr C Don Adinuba, say there is no cause for alarm.

Owing to the development, Governor Willie Obiano has announced comprehensive lock down of the state with immediate effect.

The Nation reports the lockdown implementation starts on Monday with the Governor closing all motor parks in the state

In a statement on Sunday in Awka, the Police Command declared the enforcement of the lock down would commence immediately.

The statement was issued and signed by the Command’s Publish relation’s Officer, Mr Mohammed Haruna.

He said the index case had been in the state since March 28, 2020 and must have infected numerous people since then.

According to him: “the Anambra State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that the Command in compliance with the directives of the Anambra State Government in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 has commenced total enforcement of lockdown order in the State with immediate effect.

“In view of this,the public are kindly requested to stay at home. No movement, no local transportation. The index case has been in the State since march 28th and has socialized extensively.

“This extreme restriction became necessary in order to identify and isolate primary and secondary contacts as well as ensure no further spread as the contact tracing is ongoing.

“The public is to note that the Police and all security agencies in the State are geared to enforce this order to the later in observance of overriding public health interest.”