From Alfred Babs, Ilorin.
Kwara State Government Saturday announced the death of a COVID-19 case as it said that the state recorded seven new confirmed cases of the pandemic.
With the new cases, the state now has 31 cases of confirmed COVID-19 with 22 active cases while nine have been discharged from the state Isolation Center.
A statement signed by Rafiu Ajakaye, spokesman for the state COVID-19 Technical Committee on Saturday said that the victim had recently arrived Kwara from Lagos with his wife and a child shortly after he suffered stroke at his Lagos base.
He said that “before his death, the government had treated him, his wife and their child as suspected cases and samples were taken from them. The results of their samples came back positive.
He has been buried accordingly. Everyone involved in the burial has now had their samples taken. Because of the peculiarity of this development, the Rapid Response Team has moved in to bring all those involved into the isolation centre, including the wife and the child”, the statement said.
“Unfortunately, he died early Saturday morning even before the family got to know about their COVID -19 status.
“We pray to God to repose his soul. We urge citizens to see COVID-19 for what it is: a deadly and highly contagious virus that requires adherence to all safety protocols, including obeying the lockdown order. We repeat that there is no shame or blame in contracting the virus as this is a global pandemic from which no one is immune.
“We commiserate with his family on this painful development, while also wishing all of our patients quick recovery” the statement said.
The government also said that the state had identified four new positive cases of COVID-19, who were from amongst those who sneaked into the state from the north western axis of the country.
This brings to 28, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kwara State. Of these, 19 are active while nine have been discharged. All active cases are asymptomatic, the statement said.