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Medical Reports Of Dead Bodies Must Be Produced Before Movement Into Benue – Ortom

Samuel Ortom

Samuel Ortom

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has issued an order that no corpse should be brought into the state, henceforth, from anywhere across Nigeria to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Ortom revealed this at a meeting held with two warring communities, Mbagwaza in Ushongo and Tsambe in Vandeikya Local Government Areas of the state.

According to him, the directive should be adhered to strictly because violators would be sanctioned accordingly.

He added that any family that absolutely want their dead body in Benue will need to produce a medical report of the dead person before movement can happen.

His words, “In a situation where a family feels strongly that the corpse of their loved one should be brought into the state, they must obtain express permission from the State Action Committee on Covid-19.

“Such a family must produce a medical report of the dead person before moving it to the state.

“We will impound any corpse that will be brought into the state without any medical report. We will impound and bury it wherever we want.

“Bury the corpse of your loved ones where they died particularly in this trying period of Covid-19.

“The steps that we have taken against Covid-19 are not aimed at punishing anyone but to protect Benue people.”

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Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections that can be mild, such as some cases of the common cold (among other possible causes, predominantly rhinoviruses), and others that can be lethal, such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. Symptoms in other species vary: in chickens, they cause an upper respiratory tract disease, while in cows and pigs they cause diarrhea. There are yet to be vaccines or antiviral drugs to prevent or treat human coronavirus infections.

Coronaviruses constitute the subfamily Orthocoronavirinae, in the family Coronaviridae, order Nidovirales, and realm Riboviria. They are enveloped viruses with a positive-sense single-stranded RNA genome and a nucleocapsid of helical symmetry. The genome size of coronaviruses ranges from approximately 27 to 34 kilobases, the largest among known RNA viruses. The name coronavirus is derived from the Latin corona, meaning “crown” or “halo”, which refers to the characteristic appearance reminiscent of a crown or a solar corona around the virions (virus particles) when viewed under two-dimensional transmission electron microscopy, due to the surface covering in club-shaped protein spikes.

Human coronaviruses were first discovered in the late 1960s. The earliest ones discovered were an infectious bronchitis virus in chickens and two in human patients with the common cold (later named human coronavirus 229E and human coronavirus OC43). Other members of this family have since been identified, including SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in 2004, HKU1 in 2005, MERS-CoV in 2012, and SARS-CoV-2 (formerly known as 2019-nCoV) in 2019. Most of these have involved serious respiratory tract infections.

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