Gov Obiano predicts rise in Anambra COVID-19 cases as testing increases

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has predicted a rise in the number of COVID-19 Cases in the state as it begins massive tests for the pandemic.

Obiano who addressed Anambra people in a state-wide broadcast on Wednesday urged the people of the state not to panic as the rise is expected.

Anambra had on Tuesday night recorded 17 new cases of COVID-19, bringing to 53 the positive cases in the state.

“As we are all aware, there is a surge in the incidence of COVID-19 nationwide at the moment. I have repeatedly warned that as we ramp up our testing campaign, the number of COVID-19 cases would go up. It should not surprise anyone therefore that the number of COVID-19 cases has gone up in our dear state with the increased number of testing.

“Interestingly, that is the pattern of the nationwide spread of the pandemic at this moment in time.

However, as I have assured you in my previous addresses, we have made adequate arrangements to contain the virus in Anambra State. So, I would advise everyone to remain calm. There is no need to panic.

“If we continue to carry out all the safety measures outlined in the COVID-19 protocol by both the World Health Organization and the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, we shall survive this pandemic.”

Obiano also gave a breakdown of the figures of samples, positive cases and death resulting from the pandemic in the state.

“We have collected a total of 302 samples so far. Out of this figure, 230 results have been released to us while 72 results are still pending with the NCDC testing center. Out of the 230 results that have been released to us, 53 results returned positive, 13 patients have been discharged, 9 people have passed away while 31 cases are still active.

“In the meantime, 7 patients are in our Protective Care Center, receiving medical attention. It is important to note that the medical status of 7 of the 9 patients who died of COVID-19 in this state was confirmed after a postmortem test on them. In other words, they did not come to our Protective Care Center for professional management.

“This is why I must warn that delay is often dangerous in the management of cases. People who show symptoms of this deadly virus are advised to report their conditions early as it increases their chances of surviving this pandemic.”

Obiano said almost 90% of the people that have died from COVID-19 in the state were aged from 60 years and above, saying it was important that people who fall into the age category who are said to have what the experts call co-mobility, should maintain a high level of vigilance to minimize chances of their exposure to the virus.


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