- Governor Masari has locked down another local government in Katsina over the spread of COVID-19
- The cases of coronavirus pandemic in the state have risen to 75
- Mustapha Inuwa, the secretary to the state government, said the lockdown would start on Thursday, May 7
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Following the spread of coronavirus pandemic in Katsina state, Governor Aminu Masari has directed the lockdown of Malumfashi local government area of the state from 7 am on Thursday, May 7.
Daily Nigerian reports that the secretary to the state government, Mustapha Inuwa, made this known in a statement made available to journalists on Tuesday, May 5, in Katsina.
Legit.ng gathered that he said the lockdown followed receipt of some results from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which confirmed that some persons tested positive to COVID-19 in the area.
Inuwa said that the order was also in line with the decision already taken by the state government and other stakeholders to shut down any local government area where COVID-19 cases were established.
He, therefore, warned people of the area to stay at home as security agents would be deployed to ensure total compliance in order to curtail the spread of the pandemic.
Inuwa said that the COVID-19 committee would identify some pharmaceuticals, grains, and essential commodities stores in the area that would provide skeletal services to the needy.
According to him, the decision was taken in the best interest of the people of Malumfashi local government area and humanity at large.
Inuwa, therefore, urged people of the state to strictly adhere to the guidelines of health experts against the spread of the novel COVID-19 virus.
He also urged them to continue to pray to Almighty Allah to bring an end to the pandemic.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government has so far shut down 10 out of the 34 local government areas in the state due to the pandemic.
The affected LGAs are Katsina, Batagarawa, Daura, Dutsinma, Safana, Mani, Jibia, Kankia, Musawa, and Malumfashi.
The state has about 75 cases of COVID-19 with six persons discharged while five persons had died from the disease.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that there was a palpable fear in Ogun state on Tuesday, May 5, when a suspected coronavirus patient died in a vehicle conveying him to an isolation centre in Abeokuta, the state capital.
It was reported that his death caused panic among the residents. Legit.ng gathered that the patient was reportedly dropped opposite one of the entrances to a leading commercial bank in the state.
The suspected patient, identified simply as Alex, a Beninoise, resided in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state.
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