- Yobe state task force on COVID-19 has confirmed that four hundred and seventy-one people died in the state
- In the last five weeks, over 400 hundred people have been buried across five local governments
- The state government has, however, insisted that the deaths are not related to coronavirus
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A report by Channels TV indicates that the Yobe state government has confirmed four hundred and seventy-one (471) mystery deaths in the state as of Monday, May 11.
It was reported that in the last five weeks over 400 hundred people have been buried across five local governments. Many residents have expressed concern as to what is causing this high number of deaths.
Gravediggers across the major towns on Wednesday morning, May 13, said the figures were above 600 for Damaturu, Potiskum, Nguru, and Gashua.
They went on to note that its activities have been largely limited to the state capital, Damaturu by the state task force on COVID-19.
Dr. Muhammad Lawan Gana, the state commissioner for health and vice-chairman state COVID-19 response team speaking at a press briefing said 57% out of the general death recorded across the state had an underlying chronic illness.
According to Gana, more than 57% are were aged between 50 years and above, while 58.5% were male. He added that the trend showed an increase in mortality.
The commissioner said: "96% had no travel history outside the state. Approximately 90% of the cases did not have symptoms consistent with the case of COVID-19."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a wave of strange deaths is sweeping through some northern states. One of the states now affected by this fearful occurrence is Yobe where a lot of persons have died in the commercial area of Potiskum.
Confirming the worrisome development, the commissioner for health in the state said that the Yobe government was still investigating the cause of the deaths.
However, Gana mentioned that while the deaths cannot be directly linked to coronavirus, it is not advisable to completely disassociate the disease from the trend.
In a related development, Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, has urged Yobe communities experiencing mass deaths to work with state authorities in ascertaining the cause of the unexplained deaths.
Lawan, in a statement through his media aide, Ola Awoniyi, said the planned investigation by the state government is to determine the cause of the deaths.
He said intervention by the state government would only be successful if the affected communities cooperate with the government.
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