Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State today announced that nine persons are currently under isolation for treatment for coronavirus disease in the State while one death has been recorded in the past one week.
During a press briefing at the Presidential Lodge in Lafia the state capital, he revealed that the death recorded from the disease is a State House of Assembly member who died at a hospital in Keffi, and had been buried on Saturday.
Sule who was apparently saddened by the growing record of cases in the state, said that fortunately, 11 persons who were earlier quarantined for testing, have negative results.
He said, as measures to curb the spread, the house members including the Speaker of the House Assembly, have agreed to be isolated and subject themselves for test.
“Following these unfortunate situation, the State House of Assembly shall be shut down for fumigation.
“The complication in the whole incident was that the deceased house of assembly member died and was immediately buried in accordance to the Muslim faith, whereas those that performed the burial were not in the know that he died of COVID-19.
“The result of the member which came to be positive of coronavirus, was only received after he was buried, posing great danger, especially for those who did his last bath”, Sule explained.
He however, assured the public that tracing contacts of the deceased has begun and that the state government had received supplies of some essential kits and equipment, which are sufficient at the moment.
He also said the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) had made some donations of materials to the State, and that they arrived yesterday night.