- The Covid-19 lockdown in Borno state has been suspended indefinitely with mosques and churches now permitted to reopen
- Borno deputy governor, Umar Kadafur, said the measure yielded desired results, noting that the state has recorded progress in the anti-Covid-19 fight
- Kadafur, however, said the lockdown will be reimposed if the situation escalates
The Borno state government has reportedly suspended its lockdown directive indefinitely.
The state government has also relaxed the ban on religious gatherings but called for strict guidelines on maintaining physical distancing in mosques and churches.
Legit.ng gathers, however, that the ban on Eid prayers are still in force.
Umar Kadafur, deputy governor and chairman of the state COVID-19 response committee, made this known in a statement.
Kadafur said the measures taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus yielded positive results, noting that the state has recorded “significant progress” in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The deputy governor, however, noted that if the COVID-19 situation escalates, the government would revert to “status quo”.
“Henceforth, Jumma’at prayers and five daily prayers shall be observed in all mosques as recommended by the Borno State Council of Ulamas in strict adherence with social distancing and the use of face masks,” the statement read.
“All churches shall conduct church services as recommended by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Borno Chapter in strict adherence with social distancing and use of face masks.
“Government has considered the recommendation of the Borno State Council of Ulamas which clearly states that Eid prayers is Sunnah (non obligatory), hence there should be no Eid prayers. Faithfuls should remain at home during the period.”
The government also placed restrictions on public gatherings, especially funeral processions, weddings, naming ceremonies, among others, which it limited to not more than 20 people.
According to the latest data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Borno has 188 Covid-19 cases out of which 148 are active. It has recorded 20 deaths and 20 recoveries.
Meanwhile, the NCDC has confirmed 184 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4,971.
The federal health agency made the announcement via its Twitter handle on Wednesday night, May 13.
The total number of recoveries is now 1,070, while the number of fatalities increased to 164. Six new deaths were recorded with 111 new recoveries from the last update.
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