Kano Records First COVID-19 Death And Other Updates Around The Country Over COVID-19

Four days after it recorded its index case of coronavirus, Kano state has confirmed its first death from the disease. The state ministry of health announced the death in a tweet posted at 11:55pm on Wednesday.

Details of the death were not given but the ministry said there were 21 total cases of COVID-19 in the state.

“Wednesday, 15th April 2020. As at 11:55 pm, 1 death of #COVID19 has been recorded in Kano State,” the tweet read.

Kano State Ministry of Health@KNSMOH



Wednesday, 15th April 2020. As at 11:55 pm, 1 death of #COVID19 has been recorded in @KanostateNg @NCDCgov @FMICNigeria @dawisu @NOA_Nigeria @Chikwe_I @NphcdaNG #StaySafeNigeria #StayHome


4:06 PM – Apr 15, 2020

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Kano index patient, a former diplomat, has not travelled out of the country recently, but had been to Lagos and Abuja, and also attended a wedding ceremony and a Juma’at prayer last week.

After his case was reported, three other persons were confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19, and by 10:25 am on April 15, 2020, the state ministry of health recorded five new additional cases.

The five cases were said to be “persons closest to the index patient”.

At 11:23 pm on April 15, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) put the total cases in Kano at 16 but the state’s ministry of health put the total figure at 21.

As part of efforts to limit the spread of the virus, Abdullahi Ganduje, the governor, ordered a one-week “complete lockdown” of the state.

18 New Cases In Lagos, Other Updates Around The Country Over COVID-19

New cases of #COVID19 have been reported as follows:

18 Lagos

12 in Kano, now 21 with 1 death

2 in Katsina

1 in Delta

1 in Niger

“As at 11:20 pm 15th April there are 407 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria (apart from the one recorded currently in Kano state). 128 have been discharged with 13 deaths.”

At the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing earlier on Wednesday, Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC director-general, said the country’s testing capacity had increased to “about 3,000”, but added that there were bottlenecks with collection of samples.

He added that the centre would also unveil a testing/diagnostic strategy, which would take into account ongoing efforts to curtail the spread of coronavirus.

The NCDC has also issued new guidelines outlining recommendations on the use of home-made face masks for non-medical professionals.

According to the centre, cloth masks can offer some form of protection, especially for the nose and the mouth, but should be accompanied with other preventive measures such as regular washing or sanitising of the hands, as well as social/physical distancing.

As of 11:20 pm on April 15, the number of states with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are:

  • Lagos- 232
  • FCT- 58
  • Osun- 20
  • Kano- 21
  • Edo- 15
  • Oyo- 11
  • Ogun- 9
  • Katsina- 7
  • Bauchi- 6
  • Kaduna- 6
  • Akwa Ibom- 6
  • Kwara- 4
  • Delta- 4
  • Ondo- 3
  • Enugu- 2
  • Ekiti- 2
  • Rivers-2
  • Niger- 2
  • Benue- 1
  • Anambra- 1


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