Coronavirus: Government raises anxiety alarm as hundreds attend burial in Maiduguri

Coronavirus: Government raises anxiety alarm as hundreds attend burial in Maiduguri

- Borno government has expressed concern over the carefree attitude of the state citizens to Covid-19 pandemic

- Usman Umar Kadafur, state deputy governor, lamented that the same lackadaisical attitude was expressed when Boko Haram started

- Kadafur's worry is a reaction to a viral video where hundreds of sympathizers were seen attending a burial in Maiduguri without social distancing

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There is anxiety in Borno as the state government expressed terrifying concern over the lackadaisical attitude of residents to the existence of coronavirus pandemic.

Borno currently has 82 Covid-19 cases after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday evening, May 3, announced seven more cases in the state.

Amid growing coronavirus scare, Umar Usman Kadafur, deputy governor, lamented that the residents of the state are treating the pandemic with levity the same way Boko Haram started till it consumed major parts of the state.

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Kadafur, who is the chairman of Borno task force on Covid-19, expressed the concern as a reaction to a viral video where hundreds of sympathizers were seen attending a burial in Maiduguri on Saturday, May 2, without observing social distancing.

Coronavirus: Government raises anxiety alarm as hundreds attend burial in Maiduguri

Borno government has expressed concern over the carefree attitude of the state citizens to Covid-19 pandemic.
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"When Boko Haram started, a lot of people felt like it was not something to be taken seriously, until when it affected everybody," Kadafur said

“So this COVID-19 is another Boko Haram that is coming, and a lot of people don’t believe it’s real, and I keep saying it’s real and as a response team we’ll continue telling the general public and reaching out with advocacy Insha Allah we’ll see to the end of this pandemic.”

Kadafur also disclosed that the state government will be establishing another isolation centre in an intensified effort against the spread of coronavirus.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that sixty-nine persons, including 16 health workers, have tested positive for coronavirus in Borno state.

Usman Umar Kadafur, who made the announcement, appealed to the public to be careful of the dangers COVID-19 poses.

On his part, the state commissioner for health, Aliyu Salisu Kwaya Bura, said those with underlying ailments are prone to complications as a result of COVID-19 infection.

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