The Federal Capital Territory Administration has put 40 contacts under close watch following the death of the owner of Fancy Hotel, Owerri, Mr Christogonus Osuagwu, in Abuja.
Osuagwu was said to have flown into the country from South Africa via Abuja. He visited Owerri, where he fell sick.
He returned to Abuja where he was said to have died of the infection.
A kinsman of the deceased who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity had said the community had not been thrown into panic since Osuagwu’s death because he did not spend much time in the village.
“The deceased did not spend much time at home before he went back to Abuja where he tested positive for coronavirus and later died. So, we are not afraid of the outbreak of the disease in our village,”
Investigation revealed that 40 contacts are already in self-isolation in various destinations in the FCT.
It was also learnt that samples from the wife and son of the deceased had been sent for testing.
But authorities of the FCT are keeping the results under wraps.