The Enugu State government has revealed that a man and his wife deceived medical officials, in a bid to avoid being isolated after testing positive for coronavirus.
Obi Ikechukwu, commissioner for health in the state, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, according to Channels Television.
He noted that two new positive cases were confirmed in Ebonyi, and it involved the couple who travelled to the state, where the man reportedly deals in phone accessories.
Ikechukwu explained that the Enugu State Ministry of Health COVID-19 Rapid Response Team immediately moved to investigate and identify their contacts in Oji River, where they allegedly live, for follow up.
He, however, decried that the team could not find any proof that the couple lived there as claimed, and that none of their contacts could be traced.
“Further communication with the health authorities in Ebonyi revealed that this couple intentionally deceived the medical team on duty by saying they were coming from Oji River in Enugu, in order to hide the fact that they were on a trip from Lagos State, in an attempt to evade quarantine,” the commissioner said.
He appealed to residents of Enugu to remain calm, and continue to abide by the preventive measures as directed by the federal government, Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and the state government.
He also urged them to practice physical and social distancing, proper respiratory hygiene, and wash their hands as often as possible with soap and running water.