- 25 out of the 125 evacuated Lebanese from Kano have allegedly tested positive for coronavirus
- This was revealed by a Lebanese living in Nigeria, Samir El-Khodari
- The number represents one-fifth of those evacuated from the northwest state by the Lebanese government
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Samir El-Khodari, a Lebanese living in Nigeria, has revealed that 25 out of the recently evacuated Lebanese nationals from Kano have tested positive for coronavirus.
El-Khodari who originally lives in Warri revealed this via his Twitter handle. He, however, didn't disclose the source of his information.
According to him, of the 125 Lebanese transported to Beirut from Kano, 25 tested positive for COVID-19.
The number represents one-fifth of those evacuated from the northwest state by the Lebanese government.
There is and has always been, a huge Lebanese community in Kano, the commercial capital of northern Nigeria.
He also expressed fear over what could potentially happen in Nigeria if the virus is not managed well by the authorities.
The news was originally reported by a Lebanese local media outfit.
Recall that the Lebanese government evacuated 140 of its nationals from the country via the Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos on Sunday, April 5.
The Lebanese nationals were flown out of the country after going through screening via an aircraft which flew into the country under humanitarian operations.
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About two weeks ago, dozens of burials were taking place daily in Kano over unexplained mysterious deaths in the state.
In the space of one week, 150 people were buried in three cemeteries within the state prompting outrage from residents.
It is on record that, Kano state experienced a similar spike in deaths in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 consecutively.
It is also on record that in 2017 the state witnessed an increase in the death of women and children from what was later identified to be malaria.
But, experts say the recent deaths in the state might be related to the COVID-19 virus.
President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the total lockdown of Kano for two weeks in a bid to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the state.
The president gave the directive on the evening of Monday, April 27, during a national broadcast on the COVID-19 pandemic.
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