Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has announced the death of the state’s first coronavirus (COVID-19) patient.
The governor on Tuesday named the deceased as Dr Aliyu Yakubu, a Daura-based private medical practitioner, who recently returned from Lagos to Katsina.
The 60-year-old died at the Nigeria Air Force Reference Hospital, Daura three days ago.
Masari said the deceased owned a private hospital in Daura and had visited his home state, Kogi, from where he travelled to Lagos some weeks ago.
The governor said that after returning to the state, the deceased fell sick and was admitted at the hospital, where he died three days ago.
“We have received a bad news of COVID-19. The deceased samples showed COVID-19 positive,” he said.
“Before his death, he was also diagnosed for hepatitis and hypertension, three years ago.”
He added that the state medical response team was in Daura taking samples of all those that had contact with the man before his death.