- Jigawa state has recorded its first death from COVID-19
- The state's total number of the confirmed cases of coronavirus has also increased to nine
- Dr Abba Zakari, Jigawa state's health commissioner, said the state is negotiating with an NCDC-accredited lab to solve the challenges of testing samples
Jigawa state has recorded its first COVID-19 death just as the total number of the confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state increased to nine.
The state's commissioner of health and chairman of the task force on COVID-19, Dr Abba Zakari, confirmed this in a press briefing in Dutse, the state Capital, Channels TV reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the local governments affected include Dutse, Gwaram, Miga, and Auyo. They will join Kazaure, Birninkudu, Gumel and Gujungu town of Taura local government for a total lockdown by Friday midnight, May 1.
The commissioner lamented that the state is facing challenges in testing samples. He, however, noted that the state government is already negotiating with a private laboratory that was accredited by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to solve the problem.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigeria's COVID-19 cases have risen to 1,728 as the NCDC confirmed 196 new cases in 11 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Wednesday night, April 29.
The federal health agency disclosed this via its verified Twitter handle.
According to the NCDC's breakdown, 87 of the cases were recorded in Lagos, 24 in Kano, 18 in Gombe, 17 in Kaduna, 16 in the FCT, 10 in Katsina, eight in Sokoto, seven in Edo, six in Borno, and one each in Yobe, Ebonyi and Adamawa.
In another report, former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, has announced that he and his aides have tested negative for COVID-19.
The former governor made this known on his Facebook page on Thursday, April 16, adding that his police orderly and the driver also tested negative.
“Dr Imam Wada Bello called at 5:35pm 15/4/2020 and informed me that they are through with our sample tests and our results, that is myself, driver and Orderly thankfully are ALL NEGATIVE and that he will send me the details later tonight," he wrote.
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