The Kaduna State government has confirmed another case of coronavirus in the state, bringing the total confirmed cases to six.
The state Commissioner for Health, Amina Baloni who made the disclosure on Saturday, said the case, which is the sixth in the state, has no connection to the first five cases.
Baloni said the latest case is a male who worked as a gateman in Mando area of the state and recently returned from Lagos.
She explained that the new patient; “travelled to Kaduna on public transport and made contact with the authorities as his symptoms worsened. The patient has been evacuated to the state’s Infectious Disease Centre.”
The commissioner further stated that the latest case presents a “nightmare scenario of possible community transmission of COVID-19 in the state.”
She said: “It is very difficult and complicated to trace the contacts of a patient who came from Lagos via public transport and has had some instance of local commuting since his arrival.
“The Rapid Response Team is trying its utmost to elicit from him a list of his contacts, so that they can be traced and monitored. He does not know who his fellow passengers from Lagos are. But the team is working to develop an idea of his local contacts in Kaduna, including any vehicles he commuted in and people he met at the hospital he visited within his neighbourhood.
“It was in order to prevent and avert a scenario like this that the government has consistently appealed to the public to practice social distancing and directed commercial buses to carry no more than two passengers per row.
“The instances that have now been recorded of people spreading COVID-19 from one state to another further reinforces the need to stop all inter-state travel. People need to stay in one place and help reduce the footprint of COVID-19.”
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