COVID-19 death figure in Borno State has risen to six following the discovery of three new fatalities on Tuesday.
The number of positive cases rose by 11, the state commissioner of health, Dr. Salisu Kwaya-Bura declared at the daily update of the pandemic on Tuesday.
He said the figures were for Monday and Tuesday, further disclosed that the state is following up on 233 persons, while the number of surveillance teams would be increased, with more isolation and testing centres ready to set up to stem the spread of the pandemic.
The commissioner who said the state government was targeting an increase to 1,000 tests daily, disclosed that at present the machine at the Umaru Shehu Memorial hospital had the capacity to carry out 500 tests in one day.
He said that plans were underway to utilise the microbiology department of the University of Maiduguri for an additional test centre to increase the capacity to 1,000 tests per day.
In his response to the question on whether the three recent deaths were contacts of the index case from Pulka or the case from Biu, the commissioner said they were from different sources.
He raised the alarm that result statistics had shown that there was community infection of COVID-19 in Borno State, warning residents of the state to be more careful and keep safe.
It could be recalled that Borno recorded its first fatality on April 19, 2020, while another death was confirmed on April 22, 2020.
On why no recovery has been reported so far, Kwaya-Bura said no discharge should be expected before the end of the initial 14 days, adding that some of the patients were responding to treatment and a series of tests would be conducted before they were confirmed negative.