Gombe state government on Thursday announced the discovery of nine more Senior Secondary School students taking their exit examinations who are COVID-19 positive.
The announcement is coming on the heels of the first case of COVID-19 WASSCE candidate from Government Science Secondary School, Gombe who was sent to the Isolation Centre on Monday to write his WASSC examinations.
The Chairman of the state Task Force on COVID-19, Professor Idris Mohammed who disclosed this to journalists at a press briefing in Gombe said all the affected students who tested positive are writing their examinations at the Isolation centre in the State Specialist Hospital.
He said nine girls from Government Girls Secondary School Doma tested positive alongside another one from Kumo while the first index case of a returning student from Kaduna recorded on Monday has tested negative and discharged to resume taking his Examination from the school.
According to him, “all the COVID-19 positive students are writing their examinations under the strict supervision of all the relevant authorities including WAEC Supervisors, the state ministry of education and the state Covid-19 Taskforce.”
He said so far the state has now recorded 607 cases of COVID-19 with 594 recoveries and 23 deaths.
“Out of 1,200 people tested, 684 were confirmed positive and out of the 684, 594 were treated and discharged. We now have 67 active cases in the Isolation centre, while 23 deaths had been recorded,” he said.
Mohammed told journalists that moderate and severe cases had been treated at the treatment centres and discharged.
He noted that the 23 people that died, did not die in the hospital but outside, adding that it was when their samples were taken, it was discovered they died of COVID-19.
The Taskforce boss noted that the North East Development Commission (NEDC), has given approval for the establishment of molecular laboratory in the state in addition to the one already promised by the NDDC.
He said when the two laboratories are established it will increase the number of such laboratory in the state to three.
The state Commissioner for Education, Dr. Abu Dahiru said the state government is concentrating on strict Covid-19 test for returning Unity schools students because they are coming from the entire nineteen northern states.
“Some of these students are coming from states like Kano, Abuja and Kaduna which very high number of Covid-19 positive cases, so we have to make sure that they are tested quickly before they start joining the community,” he said.