COVID-19: Rate of community transmission in Kano now 80% - Presidential task force
- The coronavirus situation in Kano state has reached a worrying level as the state now has a high rate of community transmission
- Nasiru Gwarzo, the head of the presidential COVID-19 task force in Kano, said about 80% of the samples received from communities in the state now turned out positive for COVID-19
- Kano is currently under a two-week lockdown imposed by President Buhari to contain the disease
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The head of the presidential COVID-19 task force in Kano state, Nasiru Gwarzo, has reportedly said the state now has a high rate of community transmission of COVID-19.
The Cable reports Gwarzo told the BBC Hausa that a high rate of transmission, as shown by increased testing, is currently evident when compared to the former situation.
Legit.ng gathers that Gwarzo said unlike before, about 80% of the samples received from communities in the state turned out positive for COVID-19.
Within three weeks of reporting its first case, Kano rose from the bottom to become the state with second-highest cases of COVID-19; 311 confirmed cases.
Gwarzo said the situation in Kano needs urgent intervention, especially from stakeholders, as the disease is spreading to various areas.
His words: “When about 100 samples are delivered, there are five to ten that are positive (for coronavirus).
“But now, when 100 samples are returned, about 80 are coronavirus cases.”
According to Gwarzo, the restriction of movement has made it impossible for some persons in the state to travel abroad for medical treatment while some people are also staying away from the hospitals.
He said in addition to the increased testing capacity in the state, adequate personal protective gears are now being supplied to health workers.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari has imposed a two-week lockdown in the northern state to contain the spread of the virus.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that 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.
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.
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