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Kano Almajiri deportees boost Covid-19 cases in North

Seventeen persons died yesterday in Nigeria from the Covid-19 infection while twice the number (34) recovered as 220 new cases were confirmed, according to numbers released last night by the NCDC.

Four of the deaths were recorded in Lagos while one came from SOKOTO.

Lagos and the FCT, the original epicenters of the Covid-19 disease outbreak, overtook Kano State once again to bounce back to the top of the infections table with 62 cases (Lagos) and 52 (FCT).

Coming in the third place is a surprise new comer, Kaduna, although the Governor, Mallam Nasiru el Rufa’i, had taken to Twitter early in the day to lament the growing number of cases that have tested positive as a result of negligence from Kano State.

Using the Twitter handle @GovKaduna, Mallam Nasiru announced that the State Standing Committee on Covid-19 has been told that 14 more positive results were recorded today, all from almajiris that were repatriated from Kano.

“The Committee was advised that the figure may rise when test results that are been awaited are received.”

Kaduna had earlier reported 21 cases from the almajiris that Gov. Ganduje repatriated to their various states of residence of their parents.

Today’s figures raise the number of active cases in the State to 41 with one death.

It is not unlikely that the ripple effect from the Kano debacle will continue to be felt in the cases being reported in most northern states for some time to come.

Just as the Governments of Enugu and Ebonyi States complained yesterday, Gov. el Rufa’i has also lamented the inability of security agencies to secure interstate borders.

“The inconveniences being endured by Kaduna State residents require that their sacrifices be complemented by robust enforcement of border lockdowns.

“This will eliminate both willful and inadvertent spread of Covid-19 by persons crossing state lines in breach of Kaduna State quarantine orders and the prohibition of interstate travel by the federal government.

Gov. el Rufa’i therefore asked citizens to henceforth “report anyone who sneaks into the state so that health officials can take swift action.”

Five States from both the North West and North East reported more than five cases each, with SOKOTO taking the lead at 13 cases, followed by Kebbi (10), Yobe (9), Borno (6), and Bauchi (5).

SOKOTO State Ministry of Health also reported last night that one person died from the disease.

Citizens of the State are expressing worry that the State is not on lockdown like its neighbours and that people are not paying attention to the social distancing messages from Gov. Aminu Tambuwal.