Oyo state has recorded its first COVID-19 death, Governor Seyi Makinde announced on Wednesday 22nd April.
Governor Makinde on Wednesday evening made the announcement via his official Twitter handle while giving an update on the coronavirus pandemic in the state.
According to him, the patient died at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, before his test result came out positive.
He also said efforts to trace the patient’s contacts were ongoing and asked persons who believe they could have been infected or who have respiratory symptoms to contact the emergency operations centre for their samples to be collected.
“The COVID-19 confirmation test for one suspected case came back POSITIVE. The patient died at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, before his result came out today. Contact tracing has already commenced,” he said.
Makinde also added that one of the cases confirmed in the state has been transferred to Lagos, and as a result, there are currently five active cases in the state.
In total, 17 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the state, and of that figure, two persons have been transferred, while nine have been discharged.
As at Wednesday night, Nigeria’s coronavirus cases stand officially at 873 after confirmation of 91 new cases.
The data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) indicate that Lagos continues to take the lead with 74 new cases.
The number of recovered patients has risen to 197 while the death toll has also increased to 28.