COVID-19: Kano records first death as Nigeria's coronavirus casualty rises to 12
- Kano state has recorded its first death from the coronavirus pandemic
- The state's health ministry confirmed the development, though details of the death were not disclosed
- According to the ministry, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kano now stands at 21
The Kano state's Ministry of Health has confirmed the state's first death from the coronavirus disease.
The ministry announced the death in a tweet posted in the late hours of Wednesday, April 15.
Details of the death were not given but the ministry said there were 21 total cases of COVID-19 in the state, as against the 16 recorded for the state by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“Wednesday, 15th April 2020. As at 11:55 pm, 1 death of #COVID19 has been recorded in Kano state,” the tweet read.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the NCDC confirmed 34 new coronavirus cases in the country.
The agency announced the latest cases in a tweet late Wednesday, April 15.
“Thirty-four new cases of #COVID19 have been reported as follows: 18 Lagos, 12 in Kano. 2 in Katsina, 1 in Delta, 1 in Niger. As at 11:20 pm 15th April there are 407 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. 128 have been discharged with 12 deaths,” the tweet read.
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Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has ordered a total lockdown of the state from Thursday, April 16 for a period of seven days.
Ganduje gave the order on Tuesday, April 14, shortly after the state's health ministry confirmed an additional case of coronavirus in the state.
The special assistant to the governor on social media, Salihu Yakasai revealed this on his twitter handle on Tuesday.
He said that the lockdown would be enforced throughout the state. Yakasai said that the governor has ordered security agencies in the state to ensure full enforcement of the lockdown as no movement would be tolerated.
He said the lockdown which would take effect from 10pm on Thursday and warned that violators would be arrested.
In another report, the Kano government debunked a post on the social media of an additional seven new cases of coronavirus in the state.
A clone announcement page of the state's ministry of health was faked on Tuesday, claiming that the state had 10 positive COVID-19 cases then.
The state commissioner for health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, described the report as false.
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