COVID-19: Enugu, Jigawa record new positive cases

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… Sokoto records three deaths, nine new cases

THE Enugu State Government has announced a new positive case of COVID-19 in the state.

  Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ikechukwu Obi, said this in a statement issued in Enugu.

  According to Obi, the new case was detected two weeks after the two former index cases were discharged, explaining that the index case had a travel history.

  “The confirmed case reportedly travelled out of Enugu on the 28th of March, 2020, and returned from Jos, Plateau State, two weeks ago on April 14. The case reportedly developed symptoms on Tuesday, April 21, and reported to a frontline health centre in the state on Saturday, April 25.

 A vigilant health care worker, operating on a high index of suspicion, contacted the Enugu State COVID-19 Rapid Response Team, and this case was brought in for sample collection on Monday, April 27,” he said.

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  Also, Jigawa State government has confirmed two additional cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

  Governor Muhammad Badaru told newsmen in Dutse that the cases were confirmed after tests were conducted on suspected persons.

According to Badaru, the two infected persons are from Birninkudu and Gumel Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.  

  “Birninkudu, Gumel, and Gujungu will be on total lockdown for one week starting from April 30, by 12 midnight after two cases were confirmed from those areas. The two affected LGAs, including Gujungu town in Taura LGA, which the suspects had visited, would be locked down for seven days from 12 midnight of April 30,” he said.

  It will be recalled that Jigawa State had on April 20 announced the first index case of the COVID-19 in Kazaure LGA.

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  Equally,  Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has announced the death of three COVID-19 patients in the state.

  Tambuwal disclosed this in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Muhammad Bello.

  The governor noted that all three victims had a history of other diseases such as diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure.

  Chairman of the Taskforce Committee on COVID-19, Muhammad Ali Inname, had on Monday confirmed 8 new cases of the coronavirus, which took to 10, the total number of infected persons in the state.

  But Sokoto State government has confirmed nine new positive cases of Covid-19 pandemic in the state, thereby bringing the total number to 19.

Gov. Tambuwal made this known in a statewide broadcast today.

  “Our dear citizens of Sokoto State. It is with heavy heart that I have to break this news to you this morning, of the results of tests carried out by the National Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) at the laboratory here in Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH), whereby 18 tests were carried out.

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Unfortunately, out of them nine turned out to be negative. Most of them, if not all, are persons that have had previous contacts with the two index cases that we have had initially. And, unfortunately, so far, out of the 54 tests carried out from Sokoto State, it means that we have 19 positive cases.

 Out of these, unfortunately again, we have recorded today three COVID-19 associated deaths. All of the three are patients having history of some other diseases diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure,” he said.

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