Breaking: Identity of Rivers second COVID-19 case revealed

Tina Amanda

Rivers State Ministry of Health has confirmed the identity of the new COVID-19 case in the state.

The development comes barely 24 hours after the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike announced the recovery of the index case, a 19-year-old model.

The governor also relaxed restrictions on markets and allowed residents to shop for Easter celebration for two days.

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control on Monday night announced five new cases with one in Rivers State.

Commissioner of Health, Professor Princewill Chike, who confirmed the new COVID-19 case, while briefing newsmen at the state Secretariat, said the test conducted on the man which was received yesterday showed he was positive of Coronavirus.

According to the Commissioner, the man, a 62-years-old man and a retiree who returned from the United Kingdom to Port Harcourt on the 21st March 2020, has been moved to the Isolation treatment Center at the General Hospital Eleme, in Eleme local government area, adding that he is currently receiving adequate treatment.

The Rivers State Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) had said on Tuesday the new case is not a contact of the index case.

PHEOC said the case had been self-isolating and is on admission at the treatment centre.

It also said that contact tracing is on-going.

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