Enugu State Government has said that one of the state’s three newly confirmed coronavirus cases smuggled her husband’s corpse into the state despite the ban on inter-state travel.
Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ikechukwu Obi, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.
He said the state’s three new cases of COVID-19 brings its total to 15.
Obi said that two previously active COVID-19 cases in Enugu had now tested negative, and that the three newy confirmed cases had travel history.
“The Enugu State Ministry of Health wishes to announce that two cases out of the previously active COVID-19 cases undergoing treatment in Enugu state have tested negative and are being assessed for discharge,” the statement said.
“However, the state has unfortunately received three new results of persons who have tested positive for the virus.
“This means that Enugu state has 15 cases in all, with nine active cases and six cases discharged after testing negative.”
The commissioner added: “Case 13 is a 25-year-old man from Ondo State, who lives in Lagos and made his way first to Akwa Ibom, then to Rivers State and finally to Obollo Afor in Udenu LGA of Enugu state, all within the period of boundaries closure.
“He developed symptoms while at Obollo Afor; the health authorities were alerted, he was tested and his result came out positive.
“Case 14 is a 38-year-old male from Okpuje in Nsukka LGA who lives in Nassarawa State and found his way back to Enugu State during the same period of lockdown.
“On suspecting he may have contacted the virus, he initially went into self-quarantine in a hotel at Nsukka and subsequently developed symptoms and alerted the health authorities.
“He was tested and his test result also came back positive.
“Case 15 is a 28-year-old female and a widow who hails from Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area, Enugu State, and lives in Lagos State with her husband.
“She recently lost her husband in Lagos and was able to smuggle her husband’s corpse back to Enugu state for burial, despite the lockdown in Lagos State and the national ban on inter-state movement.
“Her actions raised suspicion and the health authorities were alerted. She was subsequently tested and her result came back positive.”