Seven more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Maiduguri after being caught by security personnel trying to sneak into the capital city.
They had come in from different South-West and South-South states inside empty petrol tankers in some cases to enter Maiduguri which is the ancestral home of some of them.
The seven who were after staying in the Hajj camp isolation centre have now been transferred to the Umaru Shehu isolation centre where they will commence proper treatment regime to get out of the COVID-19 infection which has hit 116 in the state.
Briefing newsmen at the COVID-19 media centre Thursday in Maiduguri, Commissioner for Information, Babakura Abba Jattau said that but for the security men on duty when those travellers who were apprehended almost a month ago, could have fused into Maiduguri population and caused more havoc for Borno residents.
Abba Jattau said that two patients have been discharged from those quarantined at the Umaru Shehu centre while the seven mostly from Lagos and some South-South states have been sent to the state facility to commence treatment.
Also speaking, secretary for the Palliative Committee, Hajia Yaba Kolo said that grains, seasoning and tomatoes have been distributed to the disabled, elderly, widows and the poorest of the poor to cushion the effect of the lockdown in the state.
Hajia revealed that 15 wards have been taken care of in Maiduguri, while six others in Jere got the palliative.
The SEMA boss noted that other local government areas affected by the lockdown will receive theirs in due time when they are done with areas where the population is higher in greater Maiduguri.
Meanwhile, two medical staff of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) have passed on.
No official statement has been issued yet on the deaths which have sent shock to the entire institution.
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