Lagos State Govt Apologises For ‘presuming’ Dubai Evacuee’s COVID-19 Status

The Lagos State Government has apologised for what it described as “a presumed COVID19-related death” of a 32-year-old man who was evacuated from Dubai.

Announcing his death on Tuesday, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, had tweeted that the unnamed individual died of coronavirus-related complications.

He had tweeted: “Another #COVID19-infection related death involving 32-year old male has been recorded.

“The deceased recently returned from Dubai with severe underlying health condition following evacuation of Nigerians in foreign countries by @DigiCommsNG.”

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Several hours later (in two tweets posted today), the commissioner said the claim was “a presumed #COVID19 related death,” and that the deceased person’s “result of the confirmation test for #COVID19 status is still being awaited.”

“The death of a recent Dubai returnee previously announced on my social media handles earlier was a presumed #COVID19 related death. The result of the confirmation test for #COVID19 status is still being awaited.

“I regret any misinterpretation this post might have caused. The result of #COVID19 test conducted will be published once it is ready. Thanks for your understanding,” he had tweeted.

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It may be recalled that the returnees who were initially stranded in United Arab Emirate at the beginning of COVID-19 lockdown eventually arrived the shore of Nigeria on May 6 and placed under on a two-week compulsory quarantine by the federal government.

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