Kano State Begs For Help As COVID-19 Cases In Nigeria Rises By 117 In 24 Hours

The Federal Government on Tuesday said it was worried by the rising cases of COVID-19 in Kano State.
The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnibe Mamora, who said this in Abuja at a media briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, said the Federal Government would increase its support for the highly populated state to stop the spread of the virus.

Also, the National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, at the briefing, said the task force was concerned about the increasing cases of  the virus in the state.

He also commented on the recent multiple deaths in the state, which the state government on Monday said it was investigating.

Besides,  some residents, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, said they were disturbed by the upsurge in COVID-19 cases in the state, which was free of the virus last month.

Kano State recorded its first  COVID-19 case on April 11 when a retired ambassador, who had gone on a trip to the United Kingdom, was diagnosed with the virus.

The cases shot up to 59 on Monday as 23 more persons were infected with the virus, whose spread was hastened by the index case, who was reported to have attended a Jumat prayer in Kano.

Also, reports of recent increasing deaths in the state have worsened fear that cases of the virus in the highly populated state may be higher than what is being reported.

As at 11:25 pm 21st April there were 782 confirmed cases of COVID19 reported in Nigeria, this depicts a 117 increase in number or cases. The death toll also rose to 25 from 20.

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