A suspected COVID-19 patient has died in a commercial bus traveling from Lagos to Niger State, causing panic among state officials and co-passengers.
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It was gathered that the incident happened in Badeggi area of the Katcha Local Government Area of Niger.
The bus, with registration number, JJJ 349 XN, was travelling through the Bida- Badeggi-Lambata high way when the vehicle broke down at Badeggi.
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One George Udom is said to have alerted the Niger State Task Force on COVID-19 to the presence of the bus in the early hours of Thursday.
The Bida zonal unit of the task force upon getting there discovered that one of the passengers suspected to be a COVID-19 patient had died.
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Reports say Ibrahim Matane, the Chairman of the state COVID-19 task force, who is also the Secretary to Niger State Government, briefed Governor Abubakar Bello about the development.
Director General of ICT and Public Enlightenment in the Governor’s Office, Abdul Bergki, said the chairman has been directed to call mechanics, fix the vehicle and escort it out of the state with security personnel and back to where it came from. They are to be handed over to the authorities.
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He added that all technicians to work on the vehicle must wear protective gear.