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Coronavirus: Kano pandemic surge

Kano State recorded 118 coronavirus cases in two days. According to data obtained from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, the state recorded 38 cases on Wednesday and 80 on Thursday.

The NCDC also said the state had recorded a total of Kano 219 cases with three deaths.

The increase in cases came three days after COVID-19 tests resumed in the state.

Since Nigeria recorded its index case on February 27, Kano has discharged no patient.

The NCDC said Kano’s new 80 COVID-19 cases were part of the 204 infections recorded in the country on Thursday.

It is reported that 71 per cent of the COVID-19 cases in Nigeria were recorded in Lagos, Abuja and Kano.

Lagos has the highest cases of COVID-19 with 976 infections followed by Kano, which has 219 cases and Abuja with 178 cases.

NCDC said, “204 new cases of #COVID19 reported: 80 in Kano, Lagos, 45;
Gombe – 12, Bauchi – nine, Sokoto – nine, Borno – seven, Edo – seven, Rivers – six, Ogun – six, FCT – four, Akwa Ibom – four, Bayelsa – four, Kaduna – three, Oyo – two, Delta – two, Nasarawa – two, Ondo – one, Kebbi – one.

“As of 11:50 pm on the 30th April, there are 1932 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria. Discharged: 319; Deaths: 58.”

Meanwhile, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has assured Nigerians that the Federal Government is on top of the situation in Kano State.

Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and PTF chairman on COVID-19, gave the assurance at the PTF daily briefing on Thursday in Abuja.

The SGF said that the government was committed to curbing the spread of COVID-19 in Kano State.

He noted that Kano is one of Nigeria’s historical cities and remained a backbone for the economy of the country.

“The PTF has released pieces of equipment to be transported immediately to Kano to beef up the response.

“These include two oxygen concentrate and three ventilators, 280 protective gowns, 538 examination gloves, 25 boot covers, medical masks, surgical caps, and infrared thermometers.”

He noted that the government has already established isolation and treatment centres with a holding capacity of 274 persons in Kano.

“The proposed establishment of additional facilities with a capacity of 500 persons and two sample collection centres along with six new proposed centres will provide a strong foundation for tackling the spread of the virus in the state,” he added.

Mustapha also revealed that the Nigerian Military, under its COVID-19 response plan, would establish an additional isolation centre, a treatment facility, and a testing laboratory in Kano.

“The PTF on COVID-19, in the immediate, will further strengthen Kano State to scale up its response.

“This is with the provision of necessary facilities and equipment, capacity building, improving stakeholder interface and guidance on existing policies against the pandemic in the state.

“Already, the testing laboratories in the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and the Bayero University, Kano have become fully functional,” he said.

He noted that the PTF is confident that the lockdown directed by the President, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), would be effective in slowing down the spread as they continue to test, detect, isolate, trace contacts and manage COVID-19 cases.

The SGF gave an assurance that the ongoing investigation into the causes of the recent high number of deaths in Kano would be pursued to a logical conclusion.

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