Coronavirus: Yobe Records 471 Mystery Death By May 11th, Grave Diggers Allege 600

LAGOS MAY 13TH (NEWSRANGERS)-The Yobe State Government has put the number of mystery deaths in the state as at May 11, 2020 at 471, not stating the period from when the counting began and the towns covered.

The Yobe State COVID-19 Rapid Response Team stated this in a terse report obtained by The Eagle Online on Tuesday.

However, grave diggers across the major towns in the state, who gave the hint to The Eagle Online on Wednesday morning, said the figures was well above 600 for the major towns of Damaturu, Potiskum, Nguru and Gashua.

The grave diggers said the Yobe State COVID-19 Rapid Response Team has largely limited its activities to the state capital, Damaturu.

In its report, the Yobe State COVID-19 Rapid Response Team said general death recorded across the state as at May 11, 2020 was 471.

It said 57 per cent of the death had underlying chronic illness, a trend it reported shows increase in mortality.

It added in the numbered report: “Geospatial maps shows no clustering of mortality.

“96% had no travel history outside the state.

“Artisan and businessman account for 97% of deaths.

“Civil servants account for 3%.”

However, the grave diggers said the report of the Yobe State COVID-19 Rapid Response Team was not a true reflection of the situation on ground.

In a WhatsApp message to The Eagle Online, they said Potiskum recorded no fewer than 98 deaths between April 30, 2020 and May 5, 2020, while Gashu’a witnessed 57 deaths within the same period.

They said most of those affected were the elderly, adding: “Yet the State Committee on COVID-19 is sleeping in Damaturu as if nothing is happening in Yobe, taking advantage of our journalists who have become Public Relations Officers.

“The Committee should either live up to its responsibilities or this disease will consume all our parents and our people, while we remain in silence.”

“Surely, we are losing confidence.”

The sources said mostly affected in the state were the three major towns of Damaturu, Potiskum and Nguru and that the situation was yet to abate.

“Artisan and businessman account for 97% of deaths.

“Civil servants account for 3%.”

However, the grave diggers said the report of the Yobe State COVID-19 Rapid Response Team was not a true reflection of the situation on ground.

In a WhatsApp message to The Eagle Online, they said Potiskum recorded no fewer than 98 deaths between April 30, 2020 and May 5, 2020, while Gashu’a witnessed 57 deaths within the same period.

They said most of those affected were the elderly, adding: “Yet the State Committee on COVID-19 is sleeping in Damaturu as if nothing is happening in Yobe, taking advantage of our journalists who have become Public Relations Officers.

“The Committee should either live up to its responsibilities or this disease will consume all our parents and our people, while we remain in silence.”

“Surely, we are losing confidence.”

The sources said mostly affected in the state were the three major towns of Damaturu, Potiskum and Nguru and that the situation was yet to abate.

Eagles Online

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