Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed has revealed two out of 78 artisans that came into the state from Port-Harcourt and Enugu state separately have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Governor revealed this at a media conference at the state Government House on the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts taken to contain it.
Mohammad, who expressed shock over the expanding number of confirmed cases in the state, apart from the six index positive cases, including himself recorded in the state, the new cases are returnees from other states.
He also alerted that the absolute lockdown without palliative measures isn’t the answer for the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing that community ownership and active participation were the keys to containing the virus.
He additionally coordinated the isolation of all returnees or guests coming into the state from high-risk states.
Mohammed, who blamed border porosity for the new cases, said about 377 returnees have been quarantined so far, including the 198 Almajiris received from Plateau state.
He said: ”We have so far traced 625 contacts, and the new cases we have recorded so far are not from the index case but from returnees from Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Enugu and Port -Harcourt.
”Currently, we have a total of 29 confirmed cases, the number increased from 14 to 29 within a few days. Six are already discharged while 23 are active cases.
“Out of the 78 artisans that came back to the state from Port-Harcourt and Enugu state, two tested positive, 11 returnees from Lagos are also under screening including 42 almagiris from Kano and all their samples have being taken as we await their result.
“Other Almajiris received are from Kaduna and Gombe states. We are also in the process of quarantining them. We have quarantined about 377 returnees and almajiris all together.”