The Kaduna State Ministry of Health has confirmed 4-month old girl, 6 health workers and 13 others positive for Coronavirus.
According to the State Commissioner of Health, Dr Amina Mohammed-Baloni, 15 of the 20 new cases were family members or close contacts of previously confirmed cases.
She said investigations indicated that the father of 4-month old girl had travel history to Kano.
“The infant, who had been brought to hospital for respiratory issues, was tested in accordance with the updated guidelines which advise that persons presenting with such symptoms be tested. Her parents have also been tested and their results are being awaited,” Mohammed-Baloni said.
The Commissioner added that the 20 new cases were spread across 7 local government areas.
Chikun has 7 (including five members of the same family); Giwa recorded 4 from the Shika community while 3 cases are in Kaduna North. Sabon-Gari and Kaduna South have 2 cases each, while Igabi and Zaria have 1 each.
She said the 6 health workers among the new cases underlined the risks associated with containing and managing the virus.
The Commissioner further stated that the latest cases showed that Covid-19 had spread into 9 Local Government Areas which included Chikun, Igabi, Giwa, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Makarfi, Sabon-Gari, Soba and Zaria.
“This widening spread of Covid-19 means that the risk of infection has increased for persons who do not stay at home or who fail to observe necessary precautions when they go out,” Mohammed-Baloni said.
She advised parents to shun non-essential travels or interactions to avoid taking the virus home and infecting their children and loved ones.
“They must also exercise personal responsibility regarding not allowing visitors into their homes. One of the Covid-19 fatalities in the state got infected when he received visitors at home.
“Elderly persons and those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and respiratory diseases are more vulnerable to complications of Covid-19 infection. Everyone owes them a duty of care by not exposing them to visits and interactions that increase their risk of being infected,” she said.
She appealled to all residents to wash their hands regularly with soap and water, wear facemasks if they have compelling reasons to go out, observe physical distancing and avoid large gatherings.
According to her, “Our communities should also continue the public service of reporting suspicious cases in their areas.”