- Since the news of mass deaths in Kano surfaced, the number of casualties has continued to surge
- Kannywood actor Ubale Ibrahim and a journalist, Yusuf Wakili Yola, passed away in the last 24 hours
- Hundreds of people have been reported dead since the state recorded its first case of COVID-19
- The government has, however, said the deaths are not COVID-19 related
- Meanwhile, the authorities are still investigating the causes of the deaths
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Nasidi Nuhu, a former director of Bayero University Health Services; Yusuf Wakili Yola, a journalist; Ubale Ibrahim, Kannywood actor, are among the latest persons to have died in Kano in the last 24 hours.
The Cable reports that on Thursday, April 30, Aliyu Daneji, father of Sani Aliyu, national coordinator of the presidential task force; Khadijah Abdallah, wife of Kabiru Bayero, a former ambassador; and Tijjani Yarwa, a businessman based at Kwanar Jaba in Nassarawa local government area of Kano joined the list of those who have passed away.
Since Kano recorded its index COVID-19 case in April, it has been hit by a wave of "strange deaths" which is causing panic in the northern state.
Hundreds of people died within one week in the state, with some suspecting it could be related to COVID-19.
However, the government dismissed such suspicion, attributing the deaths to diabetes, malaria and hypertension.
The Kano state government decided to adopt verbal autopsy to ascertain the cause of the unexplained deaths. According to the government, autopsy is frowned at by the “religion and culture of our people”.
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a two-week lockdown and a probe of the deaths.
The Kano governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, is begging for the 14-day total lockdown imposed on the state by the federal government to be eased.
Kano is in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 92 new cases recorded in the state on Friday, May 1 alone, making it the state with the second highest number in the country. Lagos is first with over a thousand cases.
Legit.ng by Nigerians to the COVID-19 situation in Kano.
Dipo Awojide said: "80 in Kano. Even if Buhari open up Lagos and Abuja, they should lock up Kano and keep the keys in Aso Rock for now. Because the stories from Kano is really shocking and disappointing. #COVID19"
"Kano now has the second highest number of active COVID-19 patients in Nigeria, less than three weeks after recording its index case," Adetutu Balogun tweeted.
Zaddy Ajala wrote: "We saw new 80 new cases coronavirus in Kano yesterday. Today, Ganduje asks FG to relax lockdown in Kano. I don't know if you I should cry or laugh, because something is definitely wrong."
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