COVID-19 Outbreak In Abuja: Panic As 12 Test Positive In Mabushi Village
After the discovery of 12 positive cases of coronavirus pandemic in Mabushi, a village in the heart of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), there is tension among residents on the possibility of community transmission of the virus.
As at Saturday night, 49 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Nigeria, with 12 in Abuja.
There had been fewer cases in Mabushi but more was uncovered on Saturday from the village, putting the total at 12.
One case was also uncovered at Gishiri village, another low-income but densely populated community.
None had any recent history of foreign travel or coming in contact with a returnee.
An epidemiologist in FCT, who spoke on condition of anonymity described the situation as worrying.
“Due to the fear of community transmission, we had embarked on community active case search. We focused on Mpape due to its proximity to Maitama where we had a lot of cases. Then we went to Gishiri. We got one positive case. What is worrisome is the situation in Mabushi where we have got 12 positive cases”, he said.
According to him, officials are working round the clock to trace all contacts related to the identified cases.
While he praised the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello for his assistance to health workers, warned residents against trying to circumvent the rules of the lockdown.
He described the COVID-19 pandemic as:
“an existential threat which must be tackled by all means possible.”
Abuja has 81 confirmed cases, 2 deaths and 23 discharged patients.