The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday confirmed five new cases of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Delta State, bringing the total number of cases in the State to 22.
While the State had discharged 6 cases and had recorded 3 deaths, the number of active cases in the State now stands at 13.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports the five new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the State are from Warri South (4) and Oshimili North (1) Local Government Areas of the State.
In total, the Warri metropolis, comprising of Warri South, Uvwie and Udu LGAs have recorded 16 COVID-19 cases, becoming the epicentre of the disease in the State.
However, the indication is that the two mobile testing centres established in the State are not situated anywhere close to the epicentre.
Recall that the Delta State Government had in April announced the establishment of two COVID-19 testing centres in the State. The testing centres are located in Asaba, capital of the State.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye has disclosed that the State now has the testing capacity of 4,000 samples daily.
Dr. Ononye made the disclosure as the State on Wednesday inaugurated a 100-bed Isolation/Treatment Centre (ITC) at the Permanent Orientation Camp of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Issele-Uku in Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state.
“This is a 100-bed isolation unit. It is fully equipped with mobile X-ray and mobile ultra-sound and every facility required to handle patients that will be treated here even though it was initially designed to be a holding centre.
“We are hoping that with the coming on board of this facility, the capacity of the state’s COVID-19 response team to deal with COVID-19 related issues has been greatly enhanced, he”.
Ononye also disclosed that the State has begun the process of community testing for the COVID-19 with 19 wards in Udu LGA, while paying special attention on Oshimili South and Oshimili North LGAs.