An unidentified man has been arrested by the Delta State Police Command over the death of a 60-year-old US citizen suspected to have shown COVID-19 symptoms.
The commissioner of police in the state, Hafiz Inuwa, who confirmed the incident on Monday, said the woman was in Nigeria to visit her male friend.
According to him, the 60-year-old was kept in a hotel in Warri for sometime before she was relocated to another hotel around Orerokpe.
“While they were together for about a week, the woman was coughing and having difficulty in breathing and stooling. So, she was taken to a hospital on Saturday when her condition became worse and eventually died,” Inuwa said.
He added that the male friend is with the police in Orerokpe.
Inuwa said he has called the attention of the Commissioner for Health in the state to the development so as to contact the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in view of the symptoms shown by the deceased.
Inuwa warned policemen to be careful in dealing with the said male friend in order not to get infected with the disease.