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COVID-19: Panic In Niger State As Government Awaits Result Of 27 Persons




Niger State citizens in fear following the report that a man had shunned the protest of his family members who warned him not to come home from Lagos State due to the current pandemic.

The man (name withheld) has, however, arrived in the state and have mingled with 26 people in a car.

However, the state government has succeeded in tracing other twenty-six persons, with him 27 and has since put them in Isolation, suspecting that the Lagos returnee might have been infected with the Coronavirus.

Presently, all of them are under quarantine at the state Isolation Centre located at Sanu village in Bosso local government area, Naija News understands.

Naija News learnt that the main suspect who drove in from Lagos State a few days ago was said to have been instructed by his relatives in Makera town, Mashegu Local government area of the State not to return home at this time of the epidemic, most especially coming from Lagos which already has records of infected persons with the COVID-19.

However, the suspect shunned the instruction from his people, left his vehicle somewhere in the community and boarded a public vehicle with 26 passengers in it to Wushishi, a local government in the state to avoid been embarrassed by the family.

Confirming the report, the State Commissioner of Health and Hospital services, Dr. Mohammed Makun Sidi told newsmen on Wednesday that the state government was alerted of the situation and immediately swung into action, block the Truck from the reported route and instantly mobilized them to the state Isolation centre in Minna, the capital city of the state.

Sidi said: “The relations of the suspect residing in Makera Community in Mashegu local government area of the state received information about the poor condition of health of the suspect as he left Lagos for the village and that they, in turn, made a call to COVID-19 Task Force members at the government house Minna to swing into action.”

“We learnt that the suspect also got a wind of the plans by his family to deny him access into the family house in Makera town and he, therefore, parked his private vehicle that he brought from Lagos somewhere within the village, disguised as an ordinary person and boarded a Canter Truck that was travelling to Wushishi local government area of the state and with 26 people on board the vehicle.

“However, the state government was already ahead of him as he was arrested along with the 26 passengers with whom he had boarded the truck from Mashegu local government area and were driven straight to the Social Mobilization Centre in Shanu village, Bosso local government area of the state, from where they had been quarantined since Monday”.

Dr. Sidi added: “The health status of the twenty-seven suspects were yet to be determined”

“Their status has not been confirmed but we are acting on the directive of the World Health Organization ( WHO) and Nigeria Disease Control Centre( NCDC) to quarantine such people to have been suspected and that is why they are under quarantine pending the outcome of the tests we conducted on them that has been taken for analysis at NCDC, in Abuja.”

Meanwhile, Naija News had reported that Niger state government on Sunday relaxed its restriction order imposed on the state to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).

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