Ehanire said a government team sent to investigate an increase in state deaths in April showed that 979 people died in eight municipalities with 43 deaths a day.
Deaths peaked in the second week of April and mortality rates later dropped to 11 per day in early May – the typical daily death rate in the state – according to the minister.
Most of the deaths occurred at home and in patients over the age of 65 and with pre-existing diseases, he said.
“With occasional evidence, research shows that between 50-60% of deaths may have been caused by or due to Covid-19, in view of pre-existing conditions,” Ehanire said. update Monday.
Increase in deaths
President Muhammadu Buhari closed the Canoe state for two weeks in April following reports of “mysterious deaths”
and panic spread that the virus may have been detected in the area.
While graffiti told CNN they were burying more corpses
, state authorities said preliminary investigations had shown that the deaths were not linked to coronavirus, initially blaming them for meningitis, diabetes, hypertension and other diseases.
The governor said a group of health officials from the World Health Organization had been sent to the affected communities to investigate the deaths.
During a daily news briefing on the country’s response to Covid-19, Ehanire said the group was able to provide support and strengthen the state’s response to the pandemic.
Nigeria has recorded 12,801 corona cases, with more than 1,000 cases in the state of Kano, according to its latest figures. Country Disease Control Center.