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Coronavirus: Blood samples of Emirs, 26 others who had close contact with Gov. Mohammed taken for testing – Health Commissioner


I've authorised the use of chloroquine for Covid-19 treatment in Bauchi- Bala Mohammed

The Bauchi State government has said that following the confirmation that the state Governor, Sen Bala Mohammed has tested positive to the dreaded COVID-19 disease, the blood samples of no fewer than 30 people who had close contact with him (the Governor) have been taken for testing.

The government, therefore, directed that all those that have come in contact with the Governor should come forward to be tested and should also self-isolate themselves.

The Commissioner of Health in the state, Dr Aliyu Maigoro, disclosed this to Journalists at a Press Conference Tuesday evening at the Ministry’s headquarters in Bauchi.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Bauchi State Governor on Media, Mukhtar Gidado, in a media statement made available to newsmen in the state on Tuesday, disclosed that the National Center for Disease Control has confirmed that the Governor tested positive to the coronavirus.

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He said that the Governor was still in self-isolation and is on treatment.

The Commissioner however assured that:

“The Governor is doing well and receiving the required medication. What he has is not a serious problem because he has not demonstrated any of the symptoms of the infection, he only tested positive and treatment has commenced immediately”.

He said that four isolation centres have been created at the Toro General Hospital, Federal Medical Center, Azare, Specialist Hospital in Bauchi and the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital in Bauchi adding that request has been made for the procurement of test kits to facilitate testing of suspected index cases.

Maigoro emphasized the need for the people to keep hygienic living conditions around them in order to ensure that the infection was curtailed and put under control stressing that washing of hands regularly and sanitary condition is very important in the fight against Covid-19.

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He also said that the state government is expecting its own share of a grant of $100m released by the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on Combating Coronavirus which will be used to upgrade health facilities in the state to be able to fight every outbreak.

Also speaking, the Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA) Dr Rilwanu Mohammed said that the blood samples of four Emirs of Bauchi, Ningi, Dass and Misau Emirates are also to be taken immediately for testing.

“Besides the blood samples of the 30 people who had close contact with the Governor which have taken and sent for testing, today, I will sent for the blood samples of some of the traditional rulers who had close contact with him to be taken so we can also send for testing and confirmation.

They are Emirs are the Bauchi, Dass, Ningi and Misau who had close contact with the Governor,” he said.

Mohammed said that Bauchi state cannot be counted among the states that have the COVID-19 disease simply because the Governor tested positive.

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He said that:

“We have 14 days from today to do another test to confirm the status of the Governor, it is only then that we will know what stage we are in Bauchi but for now, we are safe.”

The Executive Chairman vowed that:

“If there is another confirmed case of this disease in Bauchi, there is nothing that will stop the government from locking down the state as a measure to contain the spread of the disease. We will do it because we don’t want to take chances.”

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Ukrainian match postponed after footballers test positive for coronavirus



Ukraine’s top professional soccer league said on Saturday it had canceled one of its first post-lockdown matches after several players and staff at Karpaty in the western city of Lviv tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The match between Karpaty and Mariupol from the Azov Sea port of Mariupol was supposed to be played on Sunday behind closed doors.

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The football authorities did not specify how many players had been affected by the virus and when a rescheduled match may be played.

“Those infected were immediately transferred to self-isolation. They had no symptoms,” the league said in a statement.

Ukraine’s government has started easing restrictions imposed in March to prevent the spread of the virus and allowed sports events to continue if all participants are tested and comply with other safety requirements.

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The soccer authorities decided to resume competitions in the Premier League and the Cup with no spectators. Two of Ukraine’s most famous clubs, Dynamo Kiev and Shakhtar Donetsk, are scheduled to meet on Sunday.

Ukraine has reported 23,304 cases, including 696 deaths from the coronavirus as of May 30.

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La Liga clubs free to start full training from Monday



Football: La Liga season to resume on June 11

Clubs in Spain’s top two soccer divisions can hold full training sessions from Monday for the first time since returning to activity after action was halted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers La Liga have said.

“Clubs will begin collective training on June 1 after the government’s latest health order on the easing of restrictions,” La Liga said in a statement on Saturday.

Teams returned to individual training at the start of May before progressing to training in groups of up 10 players two weeks later, and groups of 14 players from last Monday.

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The top-flight will resume on June 11 without fans attending, with Sevilla taking on Real Betis, and with matches potentially to be played every day of the week until the season is concluded on July 19.

All organised football in Spain was provisionally suspended on March 12 as the virus ravaged the country, but the rate of infection has slowed significantly.

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Thirty-nine people died in the last week compared with a daily death toll in the hundreds a month ago, the health ministry said on Friday.


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JUST IN: Wanted COVID-19 patient in Abia comes out of hiding




The COVID-19 patient, Emmanuel Ononiwu, who was declared wanted by the Abia State Government after he bolted from a holding facility in Aba has reportedly submitted himself to the medical team for treatment.

This was disclosed Saturday afternoon by the Information Commissioner; Chief John Okiyi-Kalu.

According to Okiyi-Kalu, Ononiwu is now in medical custody and currently at the isolation centre in Amachara, Umuahia South Local Government Area of the state.

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Ononiwu was said to have reported at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Aba, with his family, including his wife, at 8.05 am Saturday.

He was said to have been immediately moved by a state rapid response ambulance to the Abia State Specialist Hospital and Diagnostic Center, Amachara, Umuahia, for isolation and management.

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Samples will be collected from his wife and other family members for testing while active contract tracing has commenced.

Meanwhile, three patients who are currently at the isolation centre, including the 19 years old man from Afugiri, Umuahia, 30 years old man from Ofeme, Umuahia, and the Olokoro Umuahia returnee from Lagos who came to plan the burial of a relation who died in Kano have recovered.

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They have tested negative to the virus two consecutive times and are expected to leave the facility Saturday, as arrangements have been concluded at the time of filing the report, for them to leave isolation facility.

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