COVID-19: ‘Kano has passed its peak period’

The rate of COVID-19 infections in Kano state is reducing after reaching a peak in the past weeks, according to Dr Sabitu Shanono, the deputy technical coordinator of the state’s task force on the disease.

Mr Shanono revealed this on Tuesday during the media briefing by the state COVID-19 Task Force at the Government House, Kano, DAILY FOCUS reports.

He said statistics have indicated that the number of positive COVID-19 cases have dropped from 7.3 percent since the outbreak of the disease to less than 1 percent presently.

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“In Kano we have seen the beginning, the peak and we are now experiencing the descending down of our cases. Our cases are largely contained within a particular geographical space. As 83 percent of our cases are within the 8 metropolitan local government areas,” he explained.

The coordinator added that 1,700 samples were tested from March to April, 2020, just as 4,600 samples were tested in May and 14,000 samples were analysed in June.

“We have trained over 20,000 people of different cadres in our communities, including health workers and non-health workers.

“Out of this number, over 9,000 are health workers. While media professionals and community leaders, amongst others, constitute over 9,000 also from the total over 20,000 trainees,” Mr Shanono said.

Also in his remarks, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje explained that with 7.3 percent infection rate, Kano has far less COVID-19 cases than the rest of the country, which has an infection rate of 18.6 percent.

“On the 7th of July there were 252 samples and only 3 were positive, on 8th July the samples were 845 with 20 as positive cases, and on the 9th July, there were 1,176 samples with positive cases standing at 11 only.

“On the 10th on July there were 344 tested samples with only 1 positive, on 11th July there were 323 samples with zero positive, on 12th July, there were 280 samples with only 6 positive cases, up to 14th July, when there were 354 samples with only 5 positive cases,” Mr Ganduje said.

“(This is) showing that we are winning the war against the pandemic. And we thank Almighty Allah for that. I also have to commend our State Task Force and our frontline health workers alongside media for their all-important role in this response,” he added.

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