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Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, SSG and Chairman, Incident Management Committee on COVID-19, Akwa Ibom state.

Three persons in Akwa Ibom who tested positive with Coronavirus have recovered

Abasifreke Effiong – Uyo

Three persons who tested positive with Coronavirus in Akwa Ibom state have reportedly recovered and were discharged from hospital today.

The three patients were among the five index cases who tested positive with COVID-19.

The Incident Management Committee on COVID-19 in the State says three other suspected cases which were also under quarantine tested negative.

All the cases were held at the state isolation centre at Ibom multi specialty hospital, Itam, Akwa Ibom state.

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The committee says six persons were discharged on Wednesday 15th May after they tested negative.

Recall that the National Center for Disease Control, NCDC reported that five persons tested positive to the novel Coronavirus in Akwa Ibom state.

Briefing newsmen on Wednesday evening, Secretary to state government and Chairman of the state’s Incident Management Committee on COVID-19, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, said one new case was recorded on Tuesday.

“While the five initial index cases were still being attended to by our team of health professionals in one of the isolation centres, additional four samples were sent for testing alongside confirmation test for the initial five cases. The test results confirmed three of the initial five cases to be negative, while one of the four new samples tested positive.”

“As we speak, Akwa Ibom has only three positive cases of coronavirus. The confirmed negative cases were discharged earlier this afternoon.”

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Ekuwem said the committee has successfully identified and contacted persons who had contacts with the five index cases.

“The committee has identified 66 persons who have had contacts with the five initial confirmed cases. While the number of positive cases has reduced, it is not yet uhuru in the fight against the virus. We must remain resolute and unrelenting.”

The committee chairman added that the state’s health team on COVID-19 has continued to carry out point of entry screening at various border points around the state.

The committee lauded Governor Udom Emmanuel for providing palliatives to all the villages in the state to cushion the impact of the stay – at – home order.