Nasarawa State has recorded 13 more confirmed positive cases of the coronavirus.
This figure was announced by Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi A. Sule when he briefed newsmen this evening (May 8, 2020) at the Nasarawa State Government House, Lafia.
Governor Abdullahi Sule said the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had returned results of 78 out of the total samples the government had sent for testing. He said 13 out of the 78 turned out to be positive.
Giving further details, the Governor said four out of the positive results were of contacts of the deceased member of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Suleiman Adamu and they are from Nasarawa town. The other nine are from Nasarawa indigenes who returned to the State from high risk States.
He then said following the developments, the State Government decided to extend the lockdown of Nasarawa Local Government Area for another three days.
He said: “For this reason I want to call on the people of Nasarawa – Nasarawa Local Government in particular, that we have to extend the lockdown by another three days. The reason being some of these contacts that have tested positive are those who were also very close to the late member. As a result of that we have to continue with the lockdown so that we reduce the chances of community problems that we continue to have within the Nasarawa town.
“With the continuation of the lockdown it will give us the opportunity to be able to carry out all the tracing, all the samples collection and then the eventual testing of the various samples.
“I am happy to announce to you that all the members of House of Assembly whose results we have received so far, have all shown they are negative. That is also some good news for us today. We have not yet received all the results of all the members.”
The Governor then appreciated citizens who despite the inconveniences, have continued to cooperate with the government and law enforcement agencies as it concerns the various guidelines issued to curb the spread of the virus.
He called for understanding from those who still see the virus as a myth and that the State Government were only being mischievous.
He said the State Government had nothing to gain from arbitrarily declaring people positive for the virus and isolating them from their loved ones even when they do not have the disease.
The 13 new cases bring the total number of confirmed COVID19 cases in Nasarawa State to 25 with one fatality.