- The lockdown imposed in Kaduna state to contain the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for another 30 days
- The Kaduna government disclosed that the decision was taken based on the recommendation of the state standing committee on COVID-19
- A spokesperson to the governor, Muyiwa Adekeye, disclosed that the extension of the lockdown is effective from April 26
The lockdown imposed in Kaduna state to contain the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for another 30 days by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
The Kaduna state government disclosed on Saturday, April 26, that the governor took the decision based on the recommendation of the state standing committee on COVID-19.
Muyiwa Adekeye, a spokesperson to the governor in a statement noted that the extension of the lockdown is effective from April 26.
According to the new 30-day extension, the two-day window during which the restriction of movement is relaxed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays has been reduced to only one day.
The statement said Wednesdays will be lockdown-free until the trajectory of COVID-19 infections becomes clearer.
The government-mandated persons going out of their homes to wear facemasks and observe social distancing.
The governor's aide pointed out that during the lockdown the only category of people exempted are workers in essential services.
He warned that those found violating the lockdown would face fines, imprisonment and forfeiture.
Meanwhile, the Kano state government on Sunday, April 26, said the recent mysterious deaths recorded in the state are not connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Kano state commissioner of information, Muhammad Garba, in a statement said findings by the state ministry of health has shown that most of the deaths were caused by complications arising from hypertension, diabetes, meningitis and acute malaria, Vanguard reports.
He stated that the ministry of health acting on the orders of Governor Umar Ganduje was already conducting a thorough investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the deaths.
Garba disclosed that the governor was waiting for the final report from the state ministry of health before taking the necessary action over the issue.
The commissioner said the Kano state government is concerned about the deaths in the state
Garba urged the people of the state not to panic, noting that Kano state government is on top of the situation.
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