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COVID-19: Borno Government Locksdown State As It Reacts To Controversial Death

The Borno State Government on Sunday April 19, reacted to the controversial death recorded at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital in Borno state.
It was reported that one Babangida Buba, a retired nurse passed on after displaying symptoms of COVID-19. The deceased who joined a humanitarian organisation after  retirement, died at the hospital on Friday Aprl 17.

Borno State's Deputy Governor Umar Kadafur who commented on the incident at a press briefing, said the cause of death has not been officially confirmed.

The Deputy Governor who heads the state’s committee on the control of coronavirus said;

“The blood sample (of the deceased) has been taken and the result has been communicated to the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) who are mandated to make a statement on that.

“But as a committee, we are working and reviewing things in the town so for now, I assure you that if there is anything from the outcome of the NCDC, we will make it public.”

On if the man showed symptoms of Coronavirus before his death, Kadafur said;

“I have to caution our press when it comes to COVID-19.

“You are supposed to run a test and there is a lot of processes involved. So if you are not a member of that team, you cannot preempt a result without official confirmation.

“What we are saying now is that we have a patient who had passed away and that the patient is tested but the result is sent to NCDC that they can send us an official confirmation.

Meanwhile, Borno State Governor Umara Zulum on Monday ordered a lockdown of the state in a bid to contain the ravaging Coronavirus Pandemic in the state.

In a statewide broadcast, Zulum said: “In the exercise of the powers conferred on me, I have signed an executive order, declaring Covid-19 a dangerous disease. For this, I am hereby directing a lockdown that will require cessation of all movements in Borno State for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 10:30pm on Wednesday, 22nd of April, 2020.

All citizens in Borno State are to stay in their homes. This means all public gatherings are restricted while offices and businesses in Borno State are to be fully closed during this period. Security and intelligence agencies have been briefed for enforcement.

Government will use this period of restriction to accelerate the tracing and isolation of persons who have been in contact with the index case.

However, the State Committee on the Control and Prevention of COVID -19 has identified 97 people who had contact with the dead index case.

"The committee has evaluated a lot of things, we have started putting our house together in the events of any outbreak.”

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