COVID-19: - Seven health workers test positive for COVID-19 in Borno

Seven health workers have tested positive for coronavirus in Borno State, Commissioner for Health, Salihu Kwaya-Bura confirmed on Friday.

The commissioner made the disclosure at the coronavirus update meeting in Maiduguri, the state capital.

“145 contacts of the confirmed cases have been traced and are being monitored.

“We received nine alerts from the public; seven were investigated and none is worthy of follow up while two are still being investigated,” Mr Kwaya-Bura said.

While he lauded the residents’ compliance to the government’s stay-at-home directive, he stated that due to the Ramadan fast, the lockdown might be relaxed especially for essential traders.

“We want to see how we can allow those selling ice water, bean cake, tea and bread to operate within their wards so that people can break their fast,” he said.

The governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, had on Monday declared a two-week lockdown of the state as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 after the state recorded its index case, a 51-year-old retired male nurse, who died while receiving treatment at the University of Maiduguri (UMTH).

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