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Kaduna govt extends COVID-19 lockdown by 30 days

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The Kaduna State government Sunday extended the COVID-19 lockdown in the state by 30 days.

The governor’s media aide, by Muyiwa Adekeye, disclosed this in a statement in Kaduna.

The government had on March 26 imposed a quarantine order on the state.

According to the statement, Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s decision to extend the lockdown followed the recommendation of the State Standing Committee on COVID-19 chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe.

According to the statement, the increasing number of coronavirus cases in neighbouring cities, especially Abuja, called for stiffer measures by the government to curb the spread of the pandemic.

It said the extension takes effect from Sunday, adding that the two-day window during which the restriction of movement was relaxed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays has been reduced to only one day; Wednesdays.

The statement read: “All persons that venture out of their homes for whatever reason must wear facemasks and observe social distancing everywhere they go, in markets and in authorised vehicles.

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“All residents of Kaduna State are quarantined and must stay at home. No office, event centre, market, shop or business of any sort or place of worship is allowed to open.

“The only category of persons exempted are workers in essential services such as health workers, the fire service, water corporation, electricity distribution and security personnel. Tankers conveying fuel to petrol stations are also permitted to move.

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