Coronavirus: 6000 untraced contacts could infect 18,000 more – Niger State

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From Matthew Jwantu, Minna

Niger State officials say they have increased surveillance in towns and cities to prevent citizens from coming in contact with Coronavirus patients.

6000 people believed to have come in contact with positive cases have yet to be traced nationwide, said Secretary to the Niger State Government (SSG) and, Mr. Ibrahim Matane.

“These 6,000 have the potential to infect triple that number. In Niger state we have been very prompt and we will not allow such people to mingle with our people,” Matane, who is also Chairman, Niger State Taskforce on COVID-19 told Journalists last week.

The State is currently tracking a taxicab driver who reportedly escaped from isolation centre into the State, after testing positive for the virus.

The State Commissioner of Health and Hospital services, Mohammed Makunsidi told Journalists last week, that the driver once traced will be returned to isolation center.

He said that two other persons who arrived into Kontagora area of the state from United Kingdom (UK) and Canada have been quarantined where they are undergoing medical tests on the virus because they are from areas of presumed areas of infection.

Already, a suspected case in Kagara Local Government Area of the State has been moved to isolation center to safeguard other citizens in case he tests positive.

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