The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 says the rising cases of coronavirus in Kano State have continued to be of concern. The chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said this in Abuja yesterday at a briefing of the task force.

He said: “The situation in Kano continues to be of concern, and the PTF is working in close contact with the state government to arrest the situation. “The PTF notes that the number of cases has risen generally.

This is attributable to expansion of our testing capacity and activities as well as evidence that community spread is taking place.” Mustapha also said that considering the dynamic nature of the response plan, the strategy for testing had been modified and door-to-door testing was currently taking place in some communities in Lagos and Abuja. According to him, testing, detection, isolation, care and case management remain central to the success in the anti-COVID-19 efforts.

He thanked the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs for endorsing the recommendations of the Emergency Fatwah Committee, by issuing a statement guiding the conduct of the ummah during the coming Ramadan. Reacting to the reported complaint by the director of the Centre for Infectious Diseases Research, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Prof. Isah Abubakar, that the centre had run out of test kits such as reagents, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said: “There was a report that there was reduced availability of reagents and they supplied them.

But in addition to that, there was temporary halt in activity because some of the workers in the laboratory got infected and the laboratory has been shut down for decontamination.” “That was just temporary. But with regards to supply of reagents, they have been replenished, they have the PPE and reagents and they are working.”

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