Bauchi State has six confirmed cases of coronavirus, as revealed by chairman of the state Rapid Response Taskforce
Covid-19: Bauchi records 3 new cases
From Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
The confirmation was made known by the state deputy governor, Senator Baba Tela who is also the chairman of the taskforce.
The state government has equally reviewed the total lockdown of the state scheduled to commence Monday because of what it described as lack of palliative measures for the people.
While announcing the review during a press briefing at the Government
House, Tela explained that the government is concerned that no palliative arrangement was made to cushion the effects of the lockdown period.
“You know that in other states, adequate palliative measures have been taken and distributed to the people, but here in Bauchi, we did not make such arrangements because we are still expecting from the Federal Government,” he said.
“Considering the fact that most people have to go out on a daily basis to look for what to eat, we, therefore, deem it expedient to allow people to go out to look for what to sustain themselves with while the stay-at-home directive lasts.
“However, we are going ahead to close our borders so that possible carriers of the virus will not infiltrate our state,” the deputy governor stressed.
Senator Tela, who is chairman of the Rapid Response Taskforce on
COVID-19 and Lassa Fever, stressed the importance of maintaining the social distancing practice, washing of hands, keeping hygienic living conditions and other precautions to avoid transmission of the infection.
He further said that religious gatherings, though allowed, should be observed in accordance with the social distancing practice.
He said: “We are not forcing but appealing to people to ensure that the COVID-19 infection did not spread.”
Tela also disclosed that food items worth about N34 million mostly 3,600 bags of rice were donated by a rice mill company in the state, calling on other prominent individuals and business people in the state to, as a matter of necessity, extend hands of giving to complement government’s efforts.
He also disclosed that the North East Development Commission and the
National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) have donated medical items including hand gloves, sanitizers, two ventilators and nose masks which would be put to use immediately.
The deputy governor then announced that the situation in the state remains the same in the past three days which is, 99 people tested, out of which only three came out positive of the disease while others were negative.
He added: “All the three positive index cases are responding well to treatment, two will soon be discharged and be reintegrated to the public after the final sample test.
The Triumph gathered that the state governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir
Muhammad, who was tested positive earlier, is now negative after 14 days of isolation and treatment.