Nigerians have taken to social media to express worry over alleged mysterious deaths in Kano state which has reportedly risen to 640 in one week.
Though the state was on lockdown for 7 days, it was recently relaxed for a day by Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje following the declaration of Ramadan.
While the mysterious disease killing people in the state has been linked to Coronavirus by many, others have countered it and also pointed out that it may be something else.
A health worker who spoke to The Cable said there is a high level of suspicion that top government officials in the state have been exposed to the virus.
“Things are in disarray here, and there is no well structured response to COVID-19. The government is not communicating. They are not testing, and people are dying. We have had people coming here to hospital and when they died, they are immediately buried without taking samples for testing.
“This is not a rumour. People are dying. The suspended test centre was fumigated days ago, and normally it should take 48 hours but as of today, it has not been reopened. They said this is because of the shortage of reagents.”
A Kano based Facebook user, Umar Khaleel had also revealed his grandmother was the 14th person to be taken for burial at a cemetery in the state as of 10am on Friday April 25. He also disclosed that another family member died when they got home from his grandmother’s burial. The family member became the 25th person to be buried that day at the cemetery.