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Kano records first case of coronavirus

Kano has recorded its first case of coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 306.

Kabiru Tsanyawa, commissioner for health in Kano, confirmed that the state currently has a patient.

TheCable learnt that the patient, a former diplomat, developed symptoms of the disease, after he returned from Abuja last week.

He was said to have headed to the Kwanar Dawaki Isolation Centre, where his blood sample was taken and the result came back positive.

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Salihu Tanko Yakasai, media aide of the governor, said the index case returned to Kano from Abuja on the eve of the border closure.

“The index case lives around UDB Road in Kano, he returned from Abuja on the eve of the border closure in the State. All those close to him have been tested and are awaiting results. He is currently at Kwanar Dawaki Isolation Centre,” he tweeted.

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According to tweets by the state’s ministry of health, Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano, after a meeting with health officials as part of strategies to contain the disease, announced details of the case.

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The patient was identified as a 75-year-old retiree and former ambassador, who had not travelled outside the country for weeks.

However, he was said to have travelled to Lagos, Abuja, and Kaduna respectively in the past two weeks and returned from Kaduna on the 25th of March, 2020. He had several engagements with family, friends and close associates, and also attended a wedding fatiha and Juma’at prayer.

He developed symptoms of fever, cough and body pains five days after his return from Kaduna, and went for treatment at a private hospital and a private diagnostic centre. He then called the Kano state COVID-19 call centre to report his symptoms.

A rapid response team (RRT) was deployed to his residence where he was screened and his sample was taken, after which it was confirmed that he had tested positive to the virus.

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