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By Umar Dangida, David Odama, Abdulmumin Murtala, & Femi Bolaji
Three fleeing coronavirus, COVID-19, patients have been arrested in Adamawa and Taraba states, respectively. While two of the runaway patients arrested in Adamawa State escaped from isolation centre in Gombe State, the other patient arrested in Taraba State escaped from Jalingo isolation centre last week.
This came as a confirmed COVID-19 positive pregnant woman (name withheld) from Zareku ward in Miga Local Government Area, LGA, of Jigawa State died at the isolation centre in Dutse, the state capital.
Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State, at a briefing, said the duo escaped from Gombe State before the result of their samples arrived from Abuja.
According to him, “We launched a manhunt that eventually yielded positive results as one was apprehended at Lamurde, through our contact tracing mechanism. The second patient, whose destination was Mubi, was traced by our ICT technology to be around Ngurore,in Yola South; unfortunately, his phone line was no longer going through.”
Similarly, Taraba State government gave the name of the apprehended COVID-19 patient as Talatu Idris