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By M. Peter- Jos

Forty-three (43) people have been isolated in two centres in Wase local government area of Plateau state following coronavirus scare reported in the state on Saturday.

Recall that The Dune reported previously that three Chinese were quarantined in Wase local government area following the coronavirus scare before the state government confirmed the report.

Forty – three people comprising Nigerians and Chinese are isolated in two surveillance centres.

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The 43 people are currently in isolation in Wase town and Bakin Kaya, a mining community in the local government area but residents of the state have been urged not to panic but stay calm as the State has no case of the dreaded coronavirus disease.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nimkong Ndam and his Information and Communication counterpart, Dan Manjang confirmed all those in isolation had not been to Jos, the state capital and their period of isolation which is 14 days would elapse on the 10th and 11th of this month based on the period they entered the state.

Coronavirus: 43 people isolated in Plateau state From left, Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, his Ministry for Health counterpart, Nimkong Ndam and a Director in the State Ministry for Health, addressing a press conference on Sunday.

The Health Commissioner who spoke with journalists on Sunday in Jos said, “On Friday, 28th February, 2020, we received a communication from the Nigerian Immigration Service that three Chinese nationals were in the state, a team was sent to Wase immediately and what we discovered was that they were not three but four.

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“The first came in on the 25th of February, he flew from China to Addis Ababa to Abuja, the three came in on the 26th.”

“They were screened in Addis Ababa and in Abuja and they drove to Wase, to a mining site at Bakin Kaya and met with two of their colleagues who are also Chinese. The two on ground were not comfortable with their presence since they were just coming from somewhere so they needed to be isolated for at least 14 days. They’ve presented their screening cards, they are not showing any symptoms of the disease.”

“We need to keep them and monitor them and within this period, we gave them contacts to call in the event they show any symptoms. Natives of that community have been sensitized to stay away from the water source in that compound.”

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He further allayed fears of illegal journey by the visitors saying, “They have valid travel documents as confirmed by the Immigration Service, we don’t have any case of coronavirus in Plateau state, again, these people didn’t come to Jos at all, in the isolation center in Wase, we have 25 people there while we have 18 people in Bakin Kaya, five Chinese and 13 Nigerians, making 43 people in all.”

Manjang added, “These people didn’t come to Jos at all, from Abuja, they moved to Wase, people should not be afraid, we have isolated wards in the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH and at Plateau Specialist hospital, these facilities have been equipped to treat patients but for now, there is no case of coronavirus in the State.”