The Governor Yahaya Bello-led government has rejected the report by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) claiming that Kogi State recorded the third Coronavirus case on Wednesday.
The Commissioner for Health in the state, Sake Haruna, stated that no sample was sent to NCDC from the state that could warrant a third case.
Haruna who took to his Facebook account noted that the state government has no information about the new case.
He posted, “The purported New Case: We are not aware of who the patient is, where and when the Test was conducted! No sample sent from KG.”
Meanwhile, it will be recalled the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has locked down Kabba/Bunu Local Government Area of the state.
The decision comes after the report of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on two index cases of Coronavirus confirmed in the state.
The NCDC on Wednesday, May 28 confirmed 2 cases of the novel virus in Kogi State, a report that was denied by the state government with claims that the state is free of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Reports emerged after the NCDC update that the state’s index case was a Chief imam of Kabba, Ahmad Ejibunu and one on his aides.
However, Governor Bello despite rejecting the update has declared a total lockdown.
Bello noted while briefing the press that the lockdown exercise will span through June 2nd to 15th, 2020.
According to him, the action will allow for testing and contact tracing of the individuals that may have had contact with the two reported cases.
He, however, urged residents in the state to adhere strictly to all COVID-19 rules and guidelines already rolled out by the health agencies, describing the development in the state as painful.