By Fatima Mohammed-Lawal/Ilorin
The Kwara Government on Saturday announced that it recorded its first death from a confirmed case of COVID-19 pandemic.
This was made known by Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and spokesman, Kwara Technical Committee on COVID-19.
According to Ajakaye, the deceased recently arrived Kwara from Lagos with his wife and a child, after he suffered a stroke at his Lagos base.
Ajakaye said before the man’s death, the state government treated him, his wife and their child as suspected cases.
Their samples were taken for analysis.
“The results of their samples came back positive.
” Unfortunately, he died early Saturday morning even before the family got to know about their COVID-19 status.
“He has been buried accordingly.
“All the people involved in the burial have now had their samples taken,” Ajakaye said.
He stated that due the peculiarity of the case, the Rapid Response Team brought all those involved, including the deceased wife and child to the isolation centre .
“We pray to God to repose his soul.
“We urge citizens to see COVID-19 for what it is: a deadly and highly contagious virus that requires adherence to all safety protocols, including obeying the lockdown order.
“We repeat that there is no shame or blame in contracting the virus as this is a global pandemic from which no one is immune.
“We commiserate with his family on this painful development while also wishing all of our patients quick recovery,” he said.
Ajakaye stated that the state government also announced four new positive cases of COVID-19 from among those who sneaked into the state from the northwestern axis of the country.
According to him, this brings to 28 the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kwara State.
The government spokesman noted that 19 confirmed cases were active while nine others were discharged.
He added that all active cases were asymptomatic.