A gatekeeper in Kaduna State has tested positive for coronavirus, the government has said.

A report by Premiumtimes said the unnamed man recently returned from Lagos State and has no connection to the first five confirmed cases of the virus in Kaduna.

Amina Baloni, the Kaduna commissioner for health, said this in a statement on Saturday.

She said with the latest case, the number of confirmed cases in the state as of Friday was six.

The commissioner said that the latest case ‘’is a male who worked as a gateman in the Mando area and recently returned from Lagos.‘’

According to Mrs Baloni, the sixth case had ‘’traveled to Kaduna on public transport and made contact with the authorities as his symptoms worsened. The patient has been evacuated to the state’s Infectious Disease Centre.”

The commissioner warned that the latest case presents the nightmare scenario of possible community transmission of Covid-19 in the state.

‘’It is very difficult and complicated to trace the contacts of a patient who came from Lagos via public transport and had some instance of local commuting since his arrival,” she said.

The government said the Rapid Response Team is trying its utmost to elicit from him a list of his contacts, so that they can be traced and monitored.

“He does not know who his fellow passengers from Lagos are. But the team is working to develop an idea of his local contacts in Kaduna, including any vehicles he commuted in and people he met at the hospital he visited and within his neighbourhood,’’ she said