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Edo discharges 20 more COVID-19 patients, records fifth death



… Kaduna releases 35 more almajiri from clinics
… Kano quarantines over 2000

 THE Edo State government has announced the discharge of 20 more coronavirus (COVID-19) patients in the state.

  Gov. Godwin Obaseki disclosed this in a statement issued yesterday in Benin.

  According to the governor, the patients tested negative for the disease and were cleared from the isolation centres.

  Announcing the fifth COVID-19 death in the state, Obaseki also stated that 17 of the patients were discharged from the Stella Obasanjo Hospital Isolation Centre (SOHIC) while the facilities at University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) and Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) discharged one and two patients respectively.

  “So far, 34 persons have been discharged. A patient, who reported late for treatment, was lost to the virus. Stay safe,” he said.

  But in his remarks, Edo State Commissioner for Health in Edo, Dr. Patrick Okundia, disclosed that the state has so far recorded 89 confirmed cases, five deaths, and 780 suspected cases.

  Similarly, Kaduna State government has discharged 35 additional almajiri children who earlier tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

  Kaduna State Commissioner for Health, Amina Baloni, announced this in a statement yesterday night.

  According to the commissioner, the children were released after their successful treatment at the facility and tested negative twice for coronavirus.

  Noting that Kaduna State now has 47 active cases of COVID-19, with four fatalities recorded while a total of 63 recovered patients have been discharged, she also explained that the kids were discharged from the isolation centre in the state following their recovery from the disease.

  In a related development, Kano state government has quarantined over 2000 Almajiris to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state, the second hotspot of the virus after Lagos State.

  Kano state Commissioner of Health, Ibrahim Tsanyawa, confirmed this in a media briefing yesterday.

  According to him, a team of rapid response experts have been trained to manage the almajiris at their quarantine centres.

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