Borno State government has confirmed that sixteen health workers tested positive for Coronavirus.

Usman Umar Kadafur, the State’s Deputy Governor and chairman of the response team disclosed this on Saturday during a press briefing in Maiduguri, the State capital.

He added that so far, a total of 69 COVID-19 persons have been confirmed positive in Borno State, NAN reports.

He appealed to residents to be vigilant and observe all precautionary measures, adding that there is a need to increase the number of isolation centres in the State.

The State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Salisu Kwaya-Bura, also speaking, said the number of health workers that tested positive in Borno showed the increasing risks being faced in the fight against coronavirus.

He added that in view of the development, about 2,000 Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), had been ordered by the State.

The commissioner, who is the Secretary of the team, said a total of 69 people were infected with COVID-19 in the State, out of which nine had died.

“At the moment, none of our patients is at a critical state.

“They are at the isolation centres receiving medical attention; though the kind of attention varies for those with mild symptoms and those with moderate symptoms,” Kwaya-Bura added.