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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, speaking at the center for communicable disease and research, Delta state.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

Ovedhe Hezekiah-Warri

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, says more blood samples of suspected cases of COVID-19 have been collected and sent for laboratory test.

This followed the discovery of a fourth patient with Coronvirus in the state.

He said the fourth case is being treated at one of the isolation centres in Asaba, the state capital.

Okowa stated this while speaking to newsmen shortly after inspecting the state’s Food Bank at Ibusa on Thursday, adding that the other patients currently on treatment at different centres in the state were doing well.

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The governor advised Deltans with symptoms of the virus to quickly reach out to medical experts or COVID-19 team to avert complications and infection of other persons.

He also advised owners of private health facilities, to report suspected cases of the virus to public health centres to protect other persons from the infectious disease.

It would be recalled that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC on Wednesday, April 15, announced the confirmation of a fourth case of COVID-19 in Delta.

Meanwhile, Governor Okowa has also disclosed that distribution of the first phase of one million face masks produced by the state government for residents of the state would commence in two weeks.

According to him, the face masks are made of clothing materials that can be used continuously after being washed with soap and water.

“I have also specifically stated too that we have already made face masks for our people because we are aware that many of them may not be able to purchase for themselves.

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“We are using the face masks made with cloth because from all research done thus far, it’s obvious that the use of the face masks tends to limit the transmission of the virus and to that extent, we are determined to produce about a million for distribution to our people,” he said.

Delta State is currently on another round of 14 days lockdown after the expiration of an initial 14-day lockdown which was renewed on April 13 with a dusk to dawn curfew.

Okowa however noted that, “the lockdown extension was necessary to contain and curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the state.”