Twenty-four almajiri children who recently returned to Jigawa state have tested positive for COVID-19.
This was disclosed by Abba Zakari, commissioner for health, at a press briefing on Friday.
Zakari, also the chairman of the state’s task force on COVID-19, said that two health workers who were exposed to the disease at the Federal Medical Centre, Birnin-Kudu and Rasheed Shekoni Specialist Hospital in Dutse, have also tested positive.
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This new number brings the total number of almajiri who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state to 40.
Over 500 almajiri returnees are in the state and sample collection and testing is ongoing to determine their COVID-19 status.
They are being quarantined at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camp in the state.