Zamfara government confirms first COVID-19 cases

Zamfara government confirms first COVID-19 cases

- Governor Matawalle affirmed the NCDC's submission of two cases of COVID-19 on Saturday

- The governor said the low number of cases the state recorded was because of the efforts of his administration at protecting residents

- Matawalle promised to announce more measures to tighten control on the spread of coronavirus in the state

The administration of Governor Bello Matawalle in Zamfara state has announced the confirmation of two COVID-19 cases in the northern state.

The governor made the announcement in the early hours of Saturday, April 25 in confirmation of the tests conducted by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Matawalle is, however, pleased that the confirmed cases were so few. He claimed this was as a result of the efforts put in by his government to ensure that the state was not overrun by the pandemic.

Daily Trust reports that the governor said, with the new cases, the state government would announce new measures to tighten control on the spread since the virus has now reached Zamfara's borders.

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“Hence, later in the day, I will announce additional measures to be taken in order to further protect our citizens from the spread of this deadly virus in our dear state," Matawalle announced.

The governor urged the citizens in the state to observe social distancing, use face masks, hand sanitizer and keep away from crowds as much as possible. reported that NCDC confirmed 114 cases of the novel coronavirus in Nigeria on Friday, April 24. The new cases are among the highest to be reported in the country by the government agency.

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According to the report, Lagos state has the highest infections with 80 cases while Gome followed with 21 infections.

Federal Capital Territory Abuja came third with 5 infections and followed by Zamfara and Edo with 4 cases shared between them equally.

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