The Enugu State government, Tuesday, said it has “detected, contained and returned a confirmed coronavirus patient” who had escaped from an isolation and treatment center in Delta State.

The patient was found after a swift action by the State’s rapid response team/taskforce on COVID-19 and the State’s security following the directive of His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Monday.

The State’s Commissioner for Health, Obi Emmanuel Ikechukwu said that contact tracing and decontamination had commenced immediately.

The statement read ”This is to remind the good people of Enugu State that in times like these, we owe a responsibility to each other to inform relevant authorities when we develop symptoms or know someone who may have symptoms or history of cross boundaries travel into the state.

We also wish to remind the people of the state on the need to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 restriction orders and other precautionary measures in the state, which remain in force until further notice, as earlier announced, as follows:

All inter-state land boundaries remain closed as earlier directed except for medical mergencies and movement of essential goods and services.

The Presidential directive on the compulsory use of face masks or covering in public and the overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am has taken effect yesterday, May 4, 2020.

“NDI-ENUGU are encouraged to strictly adhere to these restrictions and control measures, in addition to maintaining physical distance and good personal hygiene.”

“If I do these, I protect you and if you do these, you protect me.