September 17, 2020

Update: Dubai returnee did not die from Coronavirus

The 32-year-old Dubai returnee, who was earlier said to have died from coronavirus complications, was negative to the dreaded virus.

Man recently evacuated from Dubai dies of coronavirus in Lagos

It can be recalled that the Lagos state commissioner for health, Akin Abayomi, had on May 12 announced that the 32-year-old Dubai returnee died from COVID-19 infection, due to his underlying conditions.

Abayomi had said that “death of the deceased makes the number of deaths recorded from COVID-19 in Lagos to be 34”.

The commissioner had on May 13, in a tweet, apologised for the mistake in presuming the cause of the death to be COVID-19 related, adding that result of a confirmation test was awaited.

Serving an update after a medical test was conducted on the corpse of the deceased, Akin Abayomi revealed that it’s been confirmed that the Dubai returnee did not die from Coronavirus.

He further disclosed that they were led to believing the man might have contracted Coronavirus, following the sudden nature of his demise.

Abayomi tweeted;

“I hereby inform the general public that the Nigerian who recently returned from Dubai as part of a group of returnees who were placed in a #COVID19 isolation program in lekki, developed complications and was transferred to one of our facilities where he died.

Because of the sudden nature of his demise and without any prior knowledge of his multiple preexisting conditions it was presumed to be a #COVID19 related death pending confirmation by #COVID19 Gold standard test.

This presumptive attribution is a precaution to ensure the safe clinical management of the patient and subsequent handling of the corpse.

The definitive #COVID19 gold standard test has turned out to be negative for the #COVID19 infection and his death is no longer considered to have been attributable to #COVID19”

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