COVID-19: Governor El-Rufai orders closure of recreation centres in Kaduna

COVID-19: Governor El-Rufai orders closure of recreation centres in Kaduna

- The Kaduna state government has taken a crucial step to stop the spread of COVID-19

- The governor, Nasir El-Rufai shut down all recreation centres with effect from Thursday, December 17

- Affected establishment include nightclubs and gymnasiums

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Recreation places in Kaduna like nightclubs and gymnasiums have been temporarily closed in a bid to slow down the spread of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The state government also ordered transport operators to carry only 50% of their usual number of passengers in strict adherence to social distancing, Daily Trust reports.

Added to this, the government said restaurants from now on are only allowed to sell takeaways.

COVID-19: Governor El-Rufai orders closure of recreation centres in Kaduna
Nightclubs and gymnasiums in Kaduna have been shut down (Photo: @GovKaduna)
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Governor Nasir El-Rufai stated that the government came up with this is because it is avoiding a lockdown but will be forced to make the decision if it becomes necessary.

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Moreover, the state's commissioner for health, Dr. Amina Baloni, said that going by the threatening number of new infections, isolation centres might be overcrowded in no time.

Baloni said:

“We are seeing rates of infection that are up to 30 percent across the state, although they are more in the northern and central parts of the state. The new infections cut across all age groups but the working age population is most affected.”

On his part, the deputy governor of the state, Hadiza Balarabe, made it clear that“While pursuing livelihoods, going to work, dropping our children in school, traveling, shopping or engaging in congregational worship, there are many opportunities for the virus to spread."

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Meanwhile, the rising cases of COVID-19 in Kaduna had prompted the state government to close both public and private schools in the state.

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Shehu Muhammad Makarfi, the commissioner of education announced the closure of the schools on Monday, December 14.

He said the ministry decided to shut down the schools to contain the spread of the pandemic. The commissioner disclosed all the academic institutions must comply with the directive latest on Wednesday, December, 16.

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