Kwara records five new COVID-19 cases from quarantined travellers


By Saminu Ibrahim

Kwara State late Thursday recorded five new COVID-19 cases as 38 results trickled in from the 158 samples recently taken for test. 

Also, results for 83 other samples are still being awaited. 

“With this, the state now has a total of 21 confirmed cases, out of which 13 are active and the remaining eight have recovered and have since been discharged,” Rafiu Ajakaye, spokesman for the Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19, said in a statement.

“We are sad to note that these five new cases came from the 28 travellers from Sokoto/Kebbi axis that were intercepted by the DSS at Oko Olowo area (Ilorin) and were instantly quarantined before they could mix with the population. Going forward, anyone who crosses the border to Kwara State in defiance of the inter-state lockdown directive would be turned back to wherever they were coming from, no matter at what time of the day.” 

The technical committee meanwhile has approved the fumigation of various places on Saturday, including the state secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), the Gulf Club, Government House, and the Governors’ Office, the statement added. 

Other places to be fumigated include the Emir’s Palace in Ilorin; the Diagnostic Centre; Radio Kwara complex; Kwara Television complex; the Herald complex; University of Ilorin; Kwara State House of Assembly Complex; Ilorin International Airport; State High Court premises; Olusola Saraki Abbatoire; Post Office Complex; and the motor parks in Akerebiata, Maraba, Oloje, Offa Garage, and Sawmill motor park 1 and 2, among others.

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