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The Katsina State Government has announced that the family of Kogi born medical doctor who died of coronavirus in Daura last week have tested positive for COVID-19.

The announcement on Friday said, the wife and two children of the late physician, Dr Aliyu Yakubu, had traveled to Lagos and returned to Daura after which he fell sick and was later confirmed to be infected with the virus.

Yakubu was admitted at the Nigeria Air Force Reference Hospital, Daura where he died on Saturday, April 4.

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“Samples of about 23 people were taken to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control; three tested positive for COVID-19,” Gov Aminu Masari told newsmen in Katsina.

“The wife and two children had been taken to an isolation centre at the Federal Medical Center, Katsina where they were being treated.

“We are still taking samples of people suspected to have had contact with the victims; we shall trace anyone that had any contact with the victims. We shall ensure that the pandemic is not spread further,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the governor announced a total lockdown on Daura Local Government, to prevent spread of COVID-19.

“The government, in consultation with the local leadership in Daura, has decided to lockdown Daura Local Government Area completely, beginning from 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 11,” Masari said.

He said that the COVID-19 Rapid Response Committee would allow four pharmaceutical outfits and three grain stores to operate, to enable people buy what they might need, while tasking Security agents to ensure compliance.

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“We want people to cooperate with government so that we can contain the disease. The lockdown may come with some difficulties, but it is very necessary so as to save lives,” 

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