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Abayomi: Dubai returnee didn’t die of COVID

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Akin Abayomi, Lagos commissioner for health, says one of the Dubai returnees who died upon arrival in Nigeria was not infected by COVID-19.

The commissioner had on Tuesday said the deceased had severe underlying health condition, and that a test would determine if he had COVID-19.

There have also been speculations that he might have died from complications of COVID-19.

But in a series of tweets on Thursday, Abayomi said a gold standard COVID-19 test carried out on the deceased returned negative.

“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,” he wrote.

“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.”

A total of 256 Nigerians who were stranded in Dubai as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic were evacuated last Wednesday, and have been under quarantine in Ikeja and Lekki areas of Lagos.

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