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Kogi named coronavirus high-risk state



… Eti-Osa, Kosofe, Ikeja among 22 high-burden council areas

PRESIDENTIAL Task Force on COVID-19 has named Kogi as a COVID-19 high-risk state for not testing or reporting testing results at all.

PTF National Incident Manager, Dr Mukhtar Muhammad, ranked Kogi highest among the high-risk states for not reporting data on testing and analysis.

According to him, Yobe, Jigawa, Zamfara and Kebbi followed suit.
“We have states where data is not coming forth. If we don’t test, your data will not be analysed and if your data is not analysed we won’t know the level of the pandemic in your state.

Notable among the states that have not been reporting adequately are Yobe, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kebbi and of course Kogi that has not been reporting at all. States that are not testing are probably at much higher risk than the states that are currently known as high burdened states.

A state that is not testing at all is an absolute high risk for Nigerians to go there because, there is no testing facility and even if you fall sick, there is no isolation centre and they don’t even acknowledge that the disease exists. So for that reason, epidemiologically, we put that state at the top of high-risk state,” Muhammad said.

It will be recalled that that Gov. Alhaji Yahaya Bello has repeatedly questioned the existence of COVID-19 in his state.

Similarly, PTF’s analysis of the spread of the virus indicated that 22 council areas in 13 states have been identified as high-burden.

Muhammad gave the names of the locations.
“The PTF has analysed the epidemic in the country and we have identified 22 high-burden local government areas located within 13 states. These local government areas, which are mostly in the cities or in the state capitals, contribute over 95 per cent of the epidemic, particularly new cases in the country.

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