The death of the latest coronavirus patient and a medical Doctor, Dr Aliyu Yakubu, in Katsina State caused panic as Governor Aminu Masari has directed that contacts with the deceased be located and tested.
To forestall spread of COVID-19 in Katsina, Governor Masari had directed that all Yakubu’s contacts be identified by health officials from the state Ministry of Health.
He also asked that their blood samples be collected for laboratory testing between Tuesday evening and Wednesday.
The death of Dr. Yakubu increased the number of death to 6 as the country recorded 16 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 254.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed the updated figure which rose from 238 in a tweet on Tuesday evening.
Ten of the new cases were discovered in Lagos and two infections were confirmed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Oyo also recorded two new infections while Delta and Katsina States recorded their first cases of coronavirus.
As of 9:30pm on April 7, the NCDC stressed that the country recorded a new death – total at six – while 44 people have been recovered from the disease and have since been discharged.