The Presidential Task Force panel sent to Kano to assess the situation, headed by Dr. Nasiru Sani Gwarzo has said most of the samples being tested in the state return positive.
Gwarzo while speaking in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service said the situation in Kano is dire as an active community transmission has been established in the state.
He added that most of the deaths recently recorded in the state were from COVID-19 complications, as he called on the state’s residents to be very serious about the disease.
“This is a serious situation which needs collective effort to address as the case of pandemic has gone beyond people’s imagination as it has gone to community transmission.
“What we are afraid of in this pandemic is what is happening. The pandemic has left the first stage of entering the country. It has left the second stage and has entered the third stage of community spread. This is not news that will be palatable to the public but like a Hausa proverb says, ‘on the day you are to take a bath, you cannot hide your navel.
“If you follow the debate (over the cause of the Kano mysterious deaths), while there is some truth in other causes, (complications from hypertension, meningitis, among others), coronavirus is the leading cause of these deaths in Kano.
“On the coronavirus itself, when we conducted tests before, you saw four or five; now you can take 100 samples and 80 (per cent) return positive,” he added.