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COVID-19: Kaduna threatens closure of public places

The Kaduna State Commissioner of Health, Amina Mohammed-Baloni, says the state will impose a fresh lockdown should the rate of COVID-19 cases recorded in the state continues.

The commissioner gave the warning at a press conference in Kaduna on Saturday.

Mohammed-Baloni said public spaces, including schools, markets, offices and places of worship might be temporarily closed if residents fail to observe Covid-19 preventive protocols.

She said, “In absolute and relative terms, Kaduna State is now recording high infection figures reminiscent of the first wave of Covid-19 spread in April, May and June 2020.”

The commissioner noted that “the lowering of the infection rate following the first wave encouraged the government to approve the recommendation of the State Covid-19 Task Force for a significant reopening of certain aspects of the state.”

“However, we are saddened to report that the conditions that compelled the 75-day lockdown are now being replicated,” she noted.

According to her, 74 positive results were recorded in the state from 531 samples on November 26, adding that “the quantum of infections since then suggests both high infection rates and the reality of that a new wave of infections is spreading across the state.”

The commissioner appealed to the people of Kaduna State to observe Covid-19 protocols in order to protect themselves and their families from the infection.

Dr Amina Mohammed Baloni, however, urged all citizens to adopt the spirit of the FORWARD campaign.

The FORWARD Campaign is encouraging everyone to follow the stipulated guidelines by authorities in the healthcare sector, and these include wearing facemasks always and observing physical distancing as well as maintaining proper respiratory hygiene among others


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