Coronavirus: Kaduna extends lockdown by 30 days

Coronavirus: Kaduna extends lockdown by 30 days
Coronavirus: Kaduna extends lockdown by 30 days

The Kaduna State government has expanded the isolate request in the state by 30 days.

This was affirmed in an announcement discharged by Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s representative, Muyiwa Adekeye. The Kaduna state Governor expressed that solitary Wednesdays will be sans lockdown, until the direction of Coronavirus diseases becomes more clear.

Occupants of the state have been coordinated to wear facemasks and watch social separating wherever they go. While open social affairs has been denied in the express, the main classification of people excluded are laborers in basic administrations, for example, wellbeing laborers, the fire administration, water company, power circulation and security faculty.

During the all-inclusive lockdown, people trying to come into the state will be denied passage. Such people will be given the alternative of coming back to their take-off focuses or entering detachment for 14 days in areas and conditions that are grave to the point that no one can confuse them with occasion resorts.

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The vehicles being utilized to empower such endeavors to break the isolate conditions will be appropriated and relinquished to the administration. The organizations working those vehicles will likewise be indicted and will lose their permit to work in the state, much after the Covid-19 pandemic is contained. Inside the state, vehicles of whatever sort that are resolved to be in infringement will be reallocated and relinquished to the administration, while the people driving them will be fined, and might be detained upon conviction. Bike cabs and tricycles (mainstream known as Keke Napep) are restricted in the state. People driving or riding in them will be arraigned while the vehicles will be relinquished upon conviction.

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The press statement reads in part;

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.

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The state government said that the measures announced on 26th March 2020, to contain Covid-19 remain in force and have been renewed. These were imposed in exercise of the powers vested in the Governor by Section 45 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, (as amended), Sections 2 and 8 of the Quarantine Act 1926, now known as CAP Q2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and the Public Health Law of 1917.

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.

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;

Businesses in the food and pharmaceutical value-chain are exempted; and shall enjoy the protections accorded to other essential services;

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.

Residents are advised to stay at home, observe social distancing, avoid large gatherings, wear facemasks and wash their hands regularly with soap and water.

The Quarantine Orders prescribe fines, imprisonment and forfeiture for violations of the provisions specified therein.


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