Northern REGSEC searches for COVID-19 infected escapee

The Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has mounted a search for Tamale coronavirus (COVID-19) infected escapee.

A press statement signed by the Northern Regional Minister, Mr Salifu Saeed  and issued to the media here yesterday said the security has been charged to do everything to unearth the whereabouts of the lady.

“REGSEC has constituted a combined team of police and military personnel to search for the girl,” he emphasised.

A 21-year-old lady who was one of the ten foreigners who tested positive to COVID-19 escaped from the quarantined facility in Tamale on Tuesday.

Many residents in the Tamale metropolis are very apprehensive about the escape of the girl from the quarantine centre as they fear she might infect people with the disease.

Mr Saeed assured that every effort would be made to get the girl and pleaded with the general public to be on the lookout for the “Coronavirus lady”.

The minister mentioned that security had been beefed up in all hotels and guest houses in the region, particularly Tamale metropolis, adding that, “Road blocks have been mounted at the various points of entrances into the region in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the area.”

Mr Saeed further vowed to deal drastically with anybody found to be accommodating the girl, adding that REGSEC was of the firm belief that the girl was still in the Tamale metropolis.

In a related development, the minister has vowed to clamp down on all commercial sex workers in the region, especially Tamale and its surrounding communities.

He explained that security personnel had been given clear instructions to deal severely with anyone who patronise or engage in any form of commercial sex work.

Mr Saeed said the move was meant to help stop the spread of the coronavirus in the area, adding that  the coronavirus spreads through  personal contact with infected persons hence the urgent need for all to be careful.

From: Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale

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