- Bauch governor Bala Mohammed says the 150 deaths in the states are not related to coronavirus
- The governor described the reported deaths as a result of strange illnesses and other natural causes
- A former federal lawmaker, Ibrahim Baba, had alerted Nigerians of the strange deaths
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Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi has claimed that the people who lost their lives in Katagum local government area of the state did not die as a result of the novel coronavirus.
He insisted that they died as a result of strange illnesses and other natural causes, Premium Times reports.
Recall that a former federal lawmaker, Ibrahim Baba, had alleged that about 300 persons have been buried in a part of Bauchi state after dying of COVID-19 related complications.
But the governor said that only 150 people died and their death is not related to the rampaging disease.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the government of Bauchi had rejected the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday, April 9.
The state government said contrary to NCDC's record of eight, the state only has four confirmed cases.
The error in the statistics was pointed out by Tela, who noted at a press briefing that the NCDC had made a mistake. He said the disease control agency recorded earlier positive cases as new ones.
“What happened was that the NCDC made a mistake by recounting those that had already tested positive and were under treatment as new cases.
“Even though we equally share part of the blame because when we complained to them about the error, they told us that we would have labelled the samples properly to suggest that they were meant for re-examination,” the deputy governor said.
Tela, who is the head of the special tasks force on COVID-19 in Bauchi, said the state had already written a letter to the NCDC to correct the mistake.
He said: “I want to clarify that both the state government and the NCDC had their own share of the mistakes and we have had some conversation with them and I want to assure you that the mistake will be corrected.”
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