The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal has announced that 3 persons have died of COVID-19 in the State.
The Governor who said this on Tuesday also said that all the 9 persons who had contact with the second COVID-19 case in the State have tested positive.
In the State-wide broadcast yesterday night, Tambuwal disclosed, “It is with a heavy heart that I have to break this news to you this evening, of the results of tests carried out by the National Center for Diseases Control (NCDC) at the laboratory here in Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH), whereby 18 tests were carried out.
“Unfortunately, out of them, 9 turned out to be positive. Most of them, if not all, are persons that have had previous contacts with the two index cases that we have had initially.
“And, unfortunately, so far, out of the 54 tests carried out from Sokoto State, it means that we have 19 positive cases. Out of these, unfortunately again, we have recorded today three COVID-19 associated deaths. All of the three are patients having history of some other diseases- diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure.
“We pray that Almighty God shall grant them His mercies and may He heal those that are afflicted by this pandemic here in Sokoto, Nigeria and globally,” he disclosed.
He also charged the people to cooperate with relevant authorities in the fight against COVID-19.
“I appeal, once again, to the communities to continue to cooperate and support our security agencies that are keeping vigil at our borders – interstate and Niger Republic with the sole aim of protecting our lives. I urge them also to keep community vigil by also blocking those that are likely to come into, or are on their way to Sokoto State from other states or parts of the country; or any part of Niger Republic.”