Breaking: Kaduna Extends Lockdown To 30 Days

As the cases of the coronavirus across Nigeria continue to rise, the government of Kaduna state is leaving nothing to chance as it has extended the compulsory stay at home order for another 30 days. 

In a tweet thread from the official twitter handle of the Governor, Malam Nasir Elrufai the lockdown takes effect from today 26th of April.

The thread reads:

Malam Nasir @elrufai has extended the quarantine orders in the state for another 30 days, effective from 26th April 2020. The decision follows a recommendation to that effect by the State Standing Committee on Covid-19, chaired by @DrHadiza Balarabe
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…
Gov. Malam Nasir @elrufai has endorsed this evaluation. Quarantine Orders have been reviewed to strengthen the provisions against unauthorised movements.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.
As stated in the Quarantine Orders of 26th March 2020, schools, places of worship, event centres, sports grounds, bars, restaurants, markets, shops, public parks and all other places where large crowds could gather are to remain closed until further notice.
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
Businesses in the food and pharmaceutical value-chain are exempted; and shall enjoy the protections accorded to other essential services
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