Confusion In Kano Over Rising Deaths Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Some residents of Kano are living in fear over the increasing death rate amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The increase in the toll comes at the time the state witnessed a spike in COVID-19 cases. As of Friday, 74 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Kano.

One of the health workers at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital who spoke with the media, however, said he feared there are more cases than recorded as the state lacks testing capacity.

“Things are in disarray here, and there is no well structured response to COVID-19. The government is not communicating. They are not testing, and people are dying. We have had people coming here to hospital and when they died, they are immediately buried without taking samples for testing,” he said.

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“This is not a rumour. People are dying. The suspended test centre was fumigated days ago, and normally it should take 48 hours but as of today, it has not been reopened. They said this is because of the shortage of reagents.”

He also said there is a high level of suspicion that top government officials in the state have been exposed to the virus.

Umar Khaleel, a Facebook user based in Kano, said his grandmother was the 14th person to be taken for burial at a cemetery in the state as of 10am on Friday.

Upon getting home, Khaleel said they were informed of the death of another family member. He said they took his body to the same cemetery at about 2pm, and he was the 25th person to be buried that day.

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