A Coronavirus patient (female) who reportedly escaped from the isolation center was apprehended on Saturday evening at the popular Oja-Oba market in Akure while trading second-hand clothes popularly known as ‘okrika’.
The woman was said to have been diagnosed with the deadly virus far in Imo State before she traveled down to the Ondo State capital without submitting herself for treatment.
The Independent reported that Ondo state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro stated Imo and Ondo Governments mounted surveillance for the patient upon discovering that she absconded.
Dr. Adegbenro said while the patient is being treated at the state Infectious Disease Hospital, in Igbatoro road, Akure, contact tracing of the patient’s family, friends, and neighbors had begun. Those who transacted business with the woman have also been urged to report for come in for testing.
Coronavirus has so far affected more 12,000 people while more than 300 were said to have died, since its outbreak in February 2020.
In a related development, more than 400,000 have died from the novel coronavirus pandemic, while more than 4 million people have been affected globally.