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Dead COVID-19 patient smuggled into Ife

By Ladapo Kolade

More revelations are trailing the announcement of the  State Government of Osun yesterday that it has recorded nine death due to COVID-19  in Ile-Ife.

 

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola who made the announcement at a press briefing, appealed to security officials not to compromise with citizens seeking to break the lockdown regime in the state.

 

The governor’s warning is believed to hint at the circumstances that led to the death of the patient.

 

Investigations  by Ifecitynews revealed that the patient, a boy, was living with HIV, a condition that lowered his immunity and exposed him to COVID-19 infection.

 

The patient was living in Isagamun, a village near Osu in Atakumosa West Local Government Area.

 

When his medical.condition worsened, sources said he travelled from the village to Ife and was able to beat the lockdown regime by compromising the security officials manning the route to arrive at Arubidi area of the city where he put up for the night.

 

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In fact, our source said the wife confessed that they paid N9,000 before they were allowed to pass the police checkpoint.

 

The next day, he contacted health officials who visited him to take his samples for testing.

 

The testing later showed that he was positive and needed to be moved to the isolation centre.

 

However, when the health officials arrived to pick him up  they were told that he has died and has been buried.

 

Ifecitynews learnt that the officials of the NCDC are now investigating those who could have been infected to conduct test on them and stem possible transmission in the community.

 

These include the commercial motorcyclists that took him from  Isagamun to Ife, the persons involved in his burial, his wife and other care givers

 

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Ifecitynews learnt that police and National Centre for Disease Control  officials are currently at the village to conduct their investigations and tests.

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