Nigeria Records 170 New COVID-19 Cases As PTF Attributes The Virus To Kano Deaths


Nigeria has recorded 170 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 2,558.

This is as the leader of the Presidential Task Force Committee on Covid-19, Dr Nasiru Sani Gwarzo on Sunday said coronavirus pandemic is responsible and the cause of the waves of mysterious deaths recorded in the Kano State.

In its Twitter handle on Sunday, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said fatalities from coronavirus-related complications have increased to 87.

The 170 new cases of #COVID19: Lagos-39, Kano-29, Ogun-24, Bauchi-18, Kaduna-15, FCT-12, Sokoto-12, Katsina-8, Borno-7, Nasarawa-3, Adamawa-2, and Oyo-1.

Of all, 2,558 are confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria, discharged:400 and Deaths:87.

Meanwhile, Gwarzo speaking with newsmen in Kano state on Sunday after the ceremony of donation of mobile testing laboratory facilities by Alhaji Aliko Dangote to the Kano State Government.

According to Gwarzo, “Let me inform us that, most of the deaths recorded of recent and test carried out showed that coronavirus is the cause. So before the final reports which would be ready in the next one week or few days, it is necessary for people of Kano to wake up from their slumber that this is a serious issue.

“It is not a new thing, countries like America, China, Italy, Spain, England, France and others experienced similar mysterious deaths,” Gwarzo stated.

Recall that Dr. Nasiru Sani Gwarzo on matching order of President Muhammadu Buhari led the technical team of the Presidential Task Force to unravel the cause of mysterious deaths in Kano and also to contain the spread of the virus in the state.

Earlier while presenting the mobile testing centre to the state government, Zouerra Yousufu, the representative of the ‘Aliko Dangote Foundation’, said that the donation was to compliment the effort of the government in the fight against the pandemic in the state.

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According to her, the centre has the capacity of testing 400 samples in a day, adding that 10 ambulances and six other vehicles were also donated to the state to ease movement.

“This centre with 400 testing capacity, we are planning by next week to commence testing of about 1,000 samples, and every logistic issue related to the laboratory, Dangote foundation will handle it.

“The laboratory which was conceived by a Nigerien and in Nigeria is aimed at speeding the testing of COVID-19 samples in the state. “Looking at the population of Kano, more mobile laboratories are coming, and we assured you that the foundation will continue to support the fight against the pandemic in the stare and Nigeria in general.”

Responding, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje commended the foundation for the kind gesture, saying that it came at a time the state is in trouble over the issue of COVID-19, especially the testing centre.