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Sokoto discharges 22 COVID-19 patients

The Sokoto government says it has discharged 22 out of the 75 active cases of COVID-19 at the state’s isolation centres in Amanawa after they tested negative for the virus.

Ali Inname, chairman of the Sokoto task force committee on COVID-19 and commissioner for health, announced this on Tuesday while briefing reporters on the COVID-19 situation in the state.

He described the number of recoveries as the “highest so far achieved by the state.”

According to him, the state had recorded 106 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 11, out of which 12 patients have died.

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“However, out of the 75 active cases, today, we have successfully discharged 22 persons who dually tested negative for COVID-19, making a total of 41 patients discharged out of the 106 confirmed cases in the state,” he said.

“More so, the number of deaths has just increased by one today according to our update, leaving a total number of 52 active COVID-19 patients in the state.”

The commissioner added that out of the 106 confirmed cases in the state, 30 percent were females while 70 percent were males.

Inname said the state had traced 874 contacts, out of which 431 persons had been tested for the virus.

He urged residents not to panic and adhere to necessary measures to prevent the spread of the virus, as COVID-19 was not a death sentence.