- There is no place for dreaded global pandemic coronavirus in Yobe state
- This is the position of the state commissioner for health, Lawan Gana, on Monday, March 16
- Gana said that the only person who showed symptoms of the disease has been discharged after testing negative
The commissioner for health in Yobe, Lawan Gana, has said that there are no cases of coronavirus in the state.
Gana, speaking with journalists in the state capital, Damaturu, on Monday, March 16, said that the only person who initially showed symptoms of the disease has finally tested negative, TVC News reports.
The health commissioner said that the person has been discharged from the state university teaching hospital.
He added that the state government has built two isolation centres and equipment has been bought to tackle the spread of the global pandemic.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria’s diplomatic missions in Washington, New York and Atlanta, United States had suspended passport interviews and biometric capturing over the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
The suspension, which takes effect from Monday, was until further notice, the missions said in separate statements on Sunday, March 15.
According to them, the decision was part of precautionary measures to protect the “health and wellbeing of all passport applicants” and their staff.
However, they would continue to issue Emergency Travel Certificate (ETC) to those who needed to travel urgently, but through mail.
“Applicants for ETC should forward their applications by mail, attaching the relevant documents and self-addressed mailing envelope,” the Nigerian embassy in Washington said.
The Consulate in Atlanta added that the ETC would be processed and mailed back to the applicants.
On Friday, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over the disease, which had rattled the world.
As at Sunday morning, the virus had infected no fewer than 2,815 people and killed 59 others in 49 states across the U.S., including the capital Washington, D.C.
In another post, Legit.ng reported that the US government had approved Roche Holding AG for a highly automated coronavirus test, potentially speeding up tenfold the ability to test patients.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted an “emergency use authorisation” to the test, which runs on Roche’s cobas 6800/8800 systems.
Legit.ng gathered that Roche said the tool also was available in Europe and countries that accepted its CE marking for medical devices.
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