Good morning. Here is the update on COVID-19 in Nigeria today, April 22, 2020.
Nigeria now has 782 confirmed cases
The fourth index in Ekiti is a doctor
The Ekiti State Government has revealed that the fourth case in the state is a medical doctor who treated the third index, a then an expectant 29-year-old woman suffering from the pandemic.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Mojisola Yaya-Kolade at a press conference said only the doctor tested positive with 15 turning out to be negative among the blood samples were taken to the NCDC.
Kaduna discharges 5th patient
After confirming three new cases, the Kaduna State Ministry of Health announced the discharge of one more patient out of the six COVID-19 cases that were earlier recorded in the state. This brings the number of discharged cases to five.
This was confirmed by the Commissioner of Health, Dr Amina Mohammed Baloni in a statement issued on Wednesday.
The three new cases according to him brings the total number of active coronavirus patients in Kaduna State to four.
Among the three new cases is a 23-year-old male ‘’who came into the state from Istanbul via Dubai sometime in March.’’
“The second patient is a 51-year old male who was tested in Samaru, Sabon-Gari local government area, after coming in from Kano.’’ she added.
She further revealed that the third case is a 42-year old male from Unguwan Geza, Kaduna who had travelled to Kano.
Ganduje probes strange deaths
Kano Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has directed investigation to ascertain the cause of the strange incident in the state.
About 40 people were reportedly buried since the declaration of the lockdown at Dandolo cemetery in Dala Local Government. This is against the unusual three and at most five bodies daily,
The number of bodies usually buried at Kofar Mozuga Cemetery has also hit ten on a daily basis while 42 people have buried Kara cemetery between Monday and Tuesday.
On the development, the Director, Centre for Infectious Diseases Research, Bayero University, Kano, Prof. Isa Abubakar Sadiq, said research has not confirmed the development has anything to do with COVID-19 pandemic as government had already ordered an investigation.
Ikpeazu closes private hospital
Abia Governor Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has announced the indefinite closure of the private hospital where the two index cases of the coronavirus in the state were receiving medical attention before their referral to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Umuahia.
Ikpeazu told reporters in Umuahia, the state capital that all the medical staffers and patients on admission at the yet-to-be-named private in the hospital would remain quarantined until the result of their samples returns back from the NCDC centre.