By Bode Olunshegun
Borno State has recorded another death as the state began a total lockdown on Wednesday night. The indigene of the state brought from Gombe state died in transit, making the case of the life lost in the state two following the early death of the index case.
Addressing the media on Wednesday, the Deputy Governor and chairman of the high powered response team, Alhaji Umar Kadafur disclosed that a total of 64 tests have so far been carried out on persons believed to have had contacts with Borno’s index case, from which 50 persons have tested negative, while nine tested positive.
He said five results were being awaited from the 64 tests carried out, while 11 additional samples have been collected from Pulka where the index case emanated from.
The deputy governor the samples taken from Pulka would be sent for testing.
He said the nine positive cases have been captured by the National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, in its national update released on Tuesday night.
The Deputy Governor, said on a sad note, that an infected indigene has died. The citizen who was transferred from Biu to Maiduguri, had tested positive in Gombe, after his return from Lagos.
He said though he died in the state, his death will remain under Gombe at NCDC’s update since he was tested there. The deceased died at the age 41. He 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 surveillance team.
The lockdown of the start commenced on Wednesday night, after the state governor imposed a-14 day state lockdown.
The state Deputy Governor, said security officials will enforce the lockdown by using lawful means to restrict all movements. He said exemptions will be to persons who will be on essential services.
The Deputy Governor called on residents not to stigmatize persons infected with COVID-19 or their families, noting such stigmatization will heighten resistance of patients from being moved to government isolation and treatment centres.
He called on citizens to show empathy to infected persons rather than show disregard for them.
Information Commissioner, Babakura Abba Jato in his comments, 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: 09072127272 and 09068685158 through which citizens can make contacts on medical issues relating to Covid-19.