Another WHO employee tests positive for coronavirus in Bauchi


Bauchi State Government has said that another employee of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Governor Bala Mohammed revealed this on Tuesday to reporters after an ‘extraordinary’ stakeholders meeting on the COVID-19 pandemic.

This brings the number of confirmed cases in the state to eight.

“After a thorough discussion with all stakeholders of Bauchi, we have thoroughly discussed the problems and challenges on the prevalence of the COVID-19 in Bauchi,” Mohammed said.

“We have also taken cognizance of the fact that Ramadan is approaching, and the majority of the people have always considered this moment as period of worship.

“And looking at all the decisions taken by the Jamaatul Nasirul Islam, and opinions expressed by our Emirs, our Ulamas, we came to the conclusion that the Committee on COVID-19 in Bauchi will sit down with a cross-section of Ulama and clergymen to come out with clear guidelines on a partial lockdown on Bauchi State.”

The governor said the state was placed on partial lockdown because of the increase in cases in some neighbouring states.

“This is being considered because we have a resurgence with what is happening in Kano, our neighbours and even here in Bauchi,” he said.

“Even as we are meeting, I understand that there is another case that has been mentioned that has been found to be positive among the WHO staff – and now we have three active cases.”