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Nasarawa records first case of COVID-19

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Nasarawa has joined the states with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

The Commissioner for Health, Yahaya Ahmed, during a press briefing at the Government House, Lafia, yesterday, disclosed the index case as a 25-year-old resident of Garaku in Kokona Council.

“The lady in question travelled to Kano State for business and when she arrived [Nasarawa], she was made to undergo a test and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19,” commissioner said.

He further stated that the victim had been transferred to the Dalhatu Arafat Specialist Hospital in Lafia for treatment while the two people that had contact with her were being traced.

Similarly, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bola Longe, has warned that with the index case in the state, stiffer measures would be taken to ensure strict compliance on restrictions.

He urged citizens to respect the restriction order to avoid arrest.

In a related vein, the Commissioner for Justice, Abdulkareem Kana, would be signing an amendment on the state’s dangerous disease emergency provision regulations.

In addition, the Karu Council chairman, Samuel Akala, said that with the creation of additional sample collection centre by the state government in the council, more samples would be sent for testing.

Meanwhile, the two journalists, who were quarantined by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Adamawa State, after their colleague who returned from Kano tested positive, took to streets yesterday to celebrate the result of their samples, which was negative.

But a medical doctor from Mubi General Hospital tested positive.

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri announced yesterday in a state-wide broadcast: “According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) latest update, as at today, the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria is 1337, total discharged is 255, while total death is 40. In Adamawa, up till Monday, the total case confirmed was one.


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