The Bauchi State Government on Sunday May 10, countered claims of Coronavirus being the cause of the increased number of deaths recorded in Azare town.
Bauchi state deputy governor, Senator Baba Tela told journalists that deaths recorded in Azare area of the state was caused by the seasonal heatwave and not Coronavirus.
Tela who is also the Chairman of the state taskforce on COVID-19, told members of the public not to believe social media reports of 300 people dying in one week in the town as it is not true.
“On the issue of deaths that have been happening in Azare, we got different reports. Some people said five deaths have been recorded, others said 300 people died in the last two to three days.
“I personally went and spoke to people who work at mortuary and bury people. I discovered that yes, there have been a number of deaths. This death is seasonal. It happens like that sometimes when it is very hot or cold. The same thing happened in Kano and Jigawa. We are all around the same axis.
“But I can tell you and I am very sure, the number of deaths is nowhere near what people are saying.”