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Nasarawa Assembly member dies of coronavirus

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Kebbi’s second case absconds, dies at home Adamawa nabs escapee from isolation, launches manhunt for another Taraba discharges 124 quarantined persons

Nasarawa State House of Assembly has lost a member to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), even as the 23 members who attended the burial have been quarantined.

Governor Abdullahi Sule, while briefing journalists in Lafia yesterday, said Suleiman Adamu representing Nasarawa Central State Constituency died of the deadly virus.

Sule explained that until his the death, the problem with the former lawmaker was unknown. But his sample was taken when he showed some signs of illness. The COVID-19 result was however received a day after his death.

Similarly, the second case recorded in Kebbi State, who absconded from the hospital, is dead, according to the Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Jaafaru Mohammed.He disclosed this in Birnin Kebbi at the weekend while giving a situation report of the task force on the pandemic in the state.

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“The second case was a patient from the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Birnin Kebbi. He was a 60-year-old man, a known diabetic and hypertensive patient,” he said. Adamawa State government has apprehended one of the two escapees from Gombe State isolation centre.

This was as the state has relaxed total restriction order to between 6a.m. and 8a.m. Also, COVID-19 cases in the state have increased from four to eight.

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, who confirmed this yesterday in a state broadcast, said the two escapees were quarantined Adamawa indigenes who were suspected of having the virus.

According to him, the duo took to their heels before results of their samples taken to Abuja arrived.

“The second suspect told us on phone that he was in Mubi, but our ICT proved he was around Guruoje, and at a time his phone lines were no longer going through,” Fintiri explained.

Meanwhile, 124 persons quarantined by the Taraba State task force on COVID-19 were yesterday discharged. Chairman of the task force, Dr. Innocent Vakkai, who handed over the quarantined persons to the chairmen of the affected councils, confirmed that the 124 people, who were earlier quarantined at the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) orientation camp in Sibre village of Ardo-Kola Council, tested negative for the virus.

The commissioner, who said the quarantined persons tested negative twice confirmed that 130 persons were earlier intercepted at the Taraba borders and were all quarantined. Manhunt for the female patient that recently escaped from an isolation centre in Jalingo, The Guardian gathered, is still on.

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