From Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu,Umuahia
Abia State Government said it has traced 209 contacts of the two index cases in the state.
The state further noted that these efforts were made possible by the state Rapid Response Team, medical protocol sub- committee on COVID -19 in conjunction with the team from the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia.
It will be recalled that the state had earlier recorded its two index cases.
The cases, who are above 70 years, are said to be suffering from underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and left ventricular failure.
The cases, according to the state, were stable and receiving care at the FMC isolation center in Umuahia.
A statement by the state Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu, said that “one of the patients that was previously supported with oxygen is currently breathing well without any respiratory aid”.
Meanwhile, the contact tracing in three local government areas in the state: Ukwa West, Umuahia North and Ikwuano continued as those traced were being isolated and placed under surveillance, while a team from World Health Organization (WHO) was providing support.
This is as all the medical personnel involved in management of the patients and their family members are currently in isolation with samples from some already collected for testing.