COVID-19: FG declares Kogi high risk state, cautions Nigerians against visit


The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has declared Kogi State as a high risk for the COVID-19 for refusing to acknowledge the existence of the disease, not reporting testing and not having isolation centers.

The taskforce warned Nigerians to be weary of visiting the state as a precautionary measure.

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The National Incident Manager (NIM) of the PTF COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Mukhtar Muhammad, said this on Monday at the joint national briefing of the PTF on Monday in Abuja.

This is as he said that having analyzed the pandemic in the country, 22 high burdened local government areas within 13 states in the country have been identified.

“In addition to these, we have states where data is not coming forth. If we don’t test, your data will not be analyzed and if your data is not analyzed, we won’t know the level of the pandemic in your state.

“Notable among the states that have not been reporting adequately include Yobe, Jigawa, Zamfara and Kebbi and of course Kogi that has not been reporting at all.

“States that are not testing are probably at much more higher risk than the states that are currently known as high burdened states.

“A state that is not testing at all is an absolute high risk for Nigerians to go there because, there is no testing facility and even if you fall sick, there is no isolation center and they don’t even acknowledge that the disease exist. So for that reason, we put that state at the top of high risk state,” Muhammad said.