Life is gradually becoming unbearable in Bayelsa State, after the state recorded its index case of the dreaded COVID-19. The residents, especially in the state capital, are not finding things easy because of the lockdown ordered by the governor, Senator Douye Diri.
One resident, Mrs Diepreye Binabote told TNN on Tuesday that as a widow who survived based on her daily income from petty trading, it had become very difficult for her to eke out a living.
This is coming even as the middle aged woman who tested positive to the dreaded Coronavirus rejected the test result announced by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) about 10pm Sunday, insisting that she was just a hypertensive and diabetic patient.
Addressing a press conference in Government House, Yenagoa, the governor said that the patient who is currently under isolation at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH) is in stable condition and has vehemently denied having any travel history before the lockdown of borders.
He said the woman suffered from the symptoms of Coronavirus for one week before she willingly submitted herself for testing at the Government House Clinic in Yenagoa.
The governor also announced a partial lockdown of the state, restricting intra-state travels, saying the dusk to dawn curfew would still be in force.
He said “all her contacts would be followed up, including environmental decontamination would be conducted. The specialist hospital were she was first admitted and treated for Malaria has since been closed down and contact tracing of all staff who were on duty and people who visited the facility on that day have since commenced.
“The task force will remain in response mode to contain the spread of the disease. Early detection would be the focus of the task force from now on. Everybody should therefore remain at home for the next one week.”