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Anambra records first COVID-19 death


Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, Professor Anthony Igwegbe, yesterday confirmed the first case of coronavirus death at the hospital.

Igwegbe said the patient was diagnosed with the virus following a test upon getting to the hospital, saying the test result was released on May 23, 2020 and that the patient was immediately moved to one of the isolation centres in Anambra State for treatment.

“The patient, a male trader resident in Onitsha was moved from our isolation centre to the Anambra State Treatment Centre last night for care and treatment after being admitted following proper triage on his presentation on May 20.

“Specimen for test was taken the following day and sent to the Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo State,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Igwegbe said when the suspected case was earlier admitted, his test sample was not taken before he died, “so, we have only one confirmed case of COVID-19 in NAUTH so far.”

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