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.”
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.
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.