The Presidential Task Force and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje have expressed worry over the rising cases of COVID-19 in Kano state.
The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnibe Mamora, at a media briefing of the PTF on Tuesday, said the Federal Government would increase its support for the highly populated state to stop the spread of the virus.
Mamora said the population density of Kano could be compared to Lagos, which is the epicentre of the virus in the country. He added that it had become important to increase the support for the northwestern state.
Kano State recorded its first COVID-19 case on April 11 when a retired ambassador, who had gone on a trip to the United Kingdom, was diagnosed with the virus.
The cases rose to 73 on Tuesday as 14 more persons were infected with the virus, whose spread was hastened by the index case, who was reported to have attended a Jumat prayer in the state.
Also, reports of recent increasing deaths in the state have worsened fear that cases of the virus in the highly populated state may be higher than what is being reported.
On Monday, the Kano state government announced that the cause of the ‘mysterious’ deaths is being investigated.