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Suspected COVID-19 positive boy 13, found in Kaduna community

…As Kaduna confirms 3 new cases.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

A 13yrs-old-boy suspected to be COVID-19 positive has been discovered in Angwan Rimi, a densely populated community area of Kaduna state.

This happened barely 12 hours after the Kaduna state ministry of health confirmed three new cases in the state, which brings the total official number of coronavirus patients in Kaduna state to four.

An eyewitness said the under-aged boy whose infectious status and contacts are yet to be known, developed symptoms of constant cough, sneezing and other symptoms overnight on Wednesday.

Our correspondent gathered that police have already been deployed to the area to cordon-off residents of the boy, located at Fulani Road, in Ungwan Rimi to prevent contact and interaction.

Similarly, the commissioner of health, Dr. Amina Mohammed Baloni, in a statement also confirmed that one more patient was discharged out of the six COVID-19 cases that were earlier recorded in the state, bringing the number of discharged cases to five.

A statement issued by the commissioner on Wednesday said that the latest discharged brings to five the number of patients discharged since 14 April, 2020.

“The ministry also confirmed three new cases in the state, which now brings the total number of coronavirus patients  in Kaduna State to four,” she stated.

The commissioner further stated that among the three new cases is a 23-year old male, “who came into the state from Istanbul, via Dubai, sometime in March.”

According to her, “The second patient is 51-year old male, who was tested in Samaru, Sabon-Gari local government area, after coming in from Kano.”

Dr Baloni further said that the third patient had earlier travelled to Kano and he is a  42-year old male from Ungwan Geza, Kaduna.

“These new cases reflect the danger that interstate travels pose to efforts to contain COVID-19,” she pointed out, warning that “Such travels spread the virus from place-to-place, complicate contact tracing and risk implanting the virus in communities.”

Dr Baloni argued that “The lockdown, which mandates people to stay at home, is based on the logic that during a pandemic, the less contact there is with others, the safer everyone is.”

The statement warned residents to “avoid interstate travels and to promptly report to the authorities any person, who has recently travelled from an affected state and develops symptoms of cough, fever or sore throat.”

The commissioner stressed that, “Such reports can be made to the COVID-19 Call Centre in Kaduna State, on the following numbers: 08051217710, 09058008251, 08118588175, 08118588176 and 09032102632.”

She also reiterated that, “The importance of hand-washing, personal hygiene, social distancing and the avoidance of large gatherings is helping to protect us all from COVID-19. It is important to stay home, stay safe and save lives.”

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