Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on Wednesday said all the cases of Covid-19 cases recorded so far in the state were imported.
Ugwuanyi, who was addressing the people of the state following the confirmation of the 11th case in Enugu, said the 40-year-old latest Cocid-19 case had come into Enugu from Kano on May 4th.
He said all the cases entered the state illegally after the borders were closed. He therefore appealed to all the citizens to take the security at the borders seriously.
“It has become imperative that we all take responsibility to protect our dear state from the illegal influx of people into the state,” the governor said.
He therefore asked all those charged with the responsibility of protecting all land boundaries in the state “to put more efforts to ensure that our boundaries are properly secured to curb this unfortunate importation of the COVID-19 into the state”.
He stressed the need for the people to continue to abide by the protocol of the NCDC, including the mandatory use of face masks/ covering in public, maintaining social/physical distancing and high level of personal and respiratory hygiene.
But he reassured the people that his administration would continue to do all within its powers to effectively contain the spread of the pandemic in the state.
“On the 28th of March 2020, Enugu State had its index positive case, a couple from Isi-Uzo Local Government Area who then just returned from the United Kingdom and Dubai. Both have been successfully treated and discharged.
“One month after the index positive cases was confirmed, on the 28th of April 2020, Enugu State had its 3rd confirmed positive case, a female indigene of Bauchi State with a history of travel to Bauchi and Plateau states.
“On the 1st of May, 2020, Enugu State had its 4th confirmed positive case, a female indigene of Umuchigbo in Enugu East Local Government Area who together with her nine-year old daughter returned to Enugu from Lagos State where they reside after falling ill.
“On the 2nd of May 2020, Enugu State had its 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th confirmed positive cases, all of whom are close contacts of the 3rd confirmed positive case and who travelled with the 3rd confirmed positive case to Bauchi and Plateau states.
“On the 6th of May 2020, Enugu State had its 9th confirmed case. A female nine-year old daughter of the 4th confirmed positive case, who returned to Enugu with her already ill mother.
“On the 7th of May 2020, Enugu State had its 10th confirmed positive case, a son of the 3rd confirmed positive case who also travelled with the mother to Bauchi and Plateau States”