Uncertainty as El-Rufai extends lockdown for 30 days

Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has extended the quarantine order being enforced in the state for another 30 days, the governor’s spokesperson, Muyiwa Adekeye, said in a statement.

According to the satatement, “The governor’s decision follows a recommendation to that effect by the State Standing Committee on Covid-19, which is chaired by the deputy governor, Hadiza Balarabe. This is effective from today, April 26.”

“With COVID-19 cases rising rapidly in neighbouring states and the FCT, and with strong evidence of interstate travel being a major means of spreading the virus, the standing committee’s evaluation is that measures to protect Kaduna state residents require further strengthening and more vigorous enforcement.

“Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has endorsed this evaluation and has accordingly reviewed the Quarantine Orders to strengthen the provisions against unauthorised movements. The two-day window during which the restriction of movement is relaxed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays has been reduced to only one day.

“Henceforth, only Wednesdays will be lockdown-free, until the trajectory of COVID-19 infections becomes clearer.

“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.

“Government is making efforts to provide facemasks for poor and vulnerable residents, and it appeals to everyone that can afford it to get their tailors to make them cloth facemasks which they can wash after every use. The government also encourages tailors to produce facemasks for sale to those that are neither poor nor vulnerable.

“Wearing of facemasks will be robustly enforced as a critical public health measure to reduce person-person transmission.

 “Therefore, further to these declarations, and in accordance with the law, the quarantine orders imposed at midnight on Thursday, 26th March 2020, are further extended for another 30 days, with the following conditions, amongst others. All residents of Kaduna state are quarantined and must stay at home,” it stressed.

The statement said, 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.

It however said, businesses in the food and pharmaceutical value-chain are exempted; and shall enjoy the protections accorded to other essential services while schools, places of worship, event centres, sports grounds, bars, restaurants, public parks and all other places where large crowds could gather are to remain closed until further notice.

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