The Chairman of the high powered response team, Deputy Governor Umar Kadafur said a total of 64 persons have so far been tested out of the persons believed to have had contacts with Borno’s index case. 50 persons tested negative while nine tested positive.
Speaking on Wednesday 22nd April, 2020 at amedia update held in Maiduguri, the deputy governor said 5 results are being awaited from the 64 tests carried out, while 11 additional samples have been collected from Pulka where the index case emanated.
The nine positive cases, he noted, were captured by the National Centre for Disease Control, in its national update released on Tuesday night.
The Deputy Governor said on a sad note that an infected citizen has died. The citizen who was transferred from Biu to Maiduguri, tested positive in Gombe, after his return from Lagos.
Although he died at an isolation centre in Maiduguri, his death will remain under Gombe at NCDC’s update since he was tested there. The deceased who died at the age 41 was said to have been hit hard by the infection before he was moved to the centre.
Kadafur, said a total of 144 persons have been identified and traced by a surveillance team.
it could be recalled that the14 day state wide lockdown imposed by Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum has started yesterday night at 10:30pm.
The state Deputy Governor said security officials will enforce the lockdown by using lawful means to restrict all movements adding that exemptions will be persons on essential services.
The Deputy Governor in his briefing urged citizens to show love to Covid-19 patients and not to stigmatize persons infected with Covid-19 or their families, noting that such stigmatization will heighten resistance of patients from being moved to government isolation and treatment centres.
Commisioner of Information, Babakura Abba Jato in his comment, announced that coalition of civil societies in the state has set up a situation room as part of it’s contributions.
He announced emergency phone numbers as 09072127272 and 09068685158 through which citizens can make contacts on medical issues relating to Covid-19.