Cause of majority of “mysterious” deaths in Kano is Coronavirus- Gwarzo

The presidential Task force has announced that 80 per cent of every 100 samples taken from Kano for testing always came out positive.

As of March, the state had no case of COVID-19, but on April 11,  a former ambassador, who attended a Jumat service while awaiting his coronavirus test result, was diagnosed with the virus.

The Head of the team sent to Kano State by the President, Dr  Nasiru Gwarzo,  said the state had a high rate of community transmission of COVID-19.

Gwarzo told the BBC Hausa Service in an interview that the high rate of transmission, as shown by increased testing, was evident when compared to the former situation in the state.

“This is a serious situation which needs collective effort to address as the case of pandemic has gone beyond people’s imagination as it has gone to community transmission.

“What we are afraid of in this pandemic is what is happening.   The pandemic has left the first stage of entering the country. It has left the second stage and has entered the third stage of community spread.”

He said the team was worried about deaths, which had claimed many personalities in the state.

According to him, most of the recent mass deaths in the state were caused to COVID-19.

He said, “If you follow the debate (over the cause of the Kano mysterious deaths), while there is some truth in other causes, (complications from hypertension, meningitis, among others), coronavirus is the leading cause of these deaths in Kano.”

Recall that some weeks ago, reports had it that some residents of Kano State were dying in large numbers, “mysteriously”. About 640 corpses were buried almost immediately during that particular period in Kano State. The presidential task force has just confirmed that majority of those deaths were caused by coronavirus complications.

 

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