- 170 suspected cases of coronavirus have been detected in Sokoto state
- Dr Ali Inname-led Sokoto Covid-19 rapid response team said 18 tested cases came out negative
- The team said it would embark on a house-to-house search of people who just returned from Lagos and FCT
There is anxiety in Sokoto after the state reported about 170 suspected cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) as the deadly infection moves beyond borders and territories.
Sokoto state Covid-19 rapid response team led by Dr Ali Inname made this known on Wednesday, April 15, Daily Trust reports.
In a phone conversation with the publication, Inname said his team received the alert and has set the wheel on move.
Inname, who doubles as the commissioner for health in the state, however, said eighteen (18) cases have been tested and they came out negative.
He assured that the Sokoto state government, with the effort of Governor Aminu Tambuwal, will embark on house to house routine in search of people who just returned from Lagos and Abuja.
Lagos and FCT are the two major places where the virus is hitting hard with 232 and 58 cases respectively reported as at the time of this report.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Lagos, Nigeria's epicentre of coronavirus, recorded another great success in the anti-COVID-19 fight as 16 people recovered from the virus on Wednesday, April 15.
The state's governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the patients were discharged after they tested negative twice for COVID-19.
Sanwo-Olu announced this via his verified Twitter handle, noting that the discharged patients are 14 males and two females, including three foreigners.
In another report, a Nigerian dog trainer identified as Idowu Abiodun has said dogs can be trained to detect those infected with the deadly coronavirus.
Idowu stated this during an interview with Legit TV, in which he said dogs could be trained to smell an odour peculiar to those infected with the disease.
He said: "If that odour can be stabilised, you understand, and for a dog to quantify his smell in odour - trust me, a dog can lead you to COVID-19 patients and carriers."
The dog trainer said such research was already ongoing in the United States as the world continues to battle with the deadly disease.
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