COVID-19: Kano govt extends lockdown by one week

Kano State government has extended the lockdown in the state by a week to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The Commissioner for Information in the state, Malam Muhammed Garba made this known in a statement issued on behalf of the government late Monday.

It said the action became imperative after due consultations with Federal government and key stakeholders in the health sector.

Kano government said the measure was aimed at further reducing person-to-person contacts, considered as one of the major ways the disease was being spread.

It acknowledged the consequences of the measure on the public but called for patience and support as the battle against the pandemic continued.

It further called on the public to continue observing strict personal hygiene measures through regular hand washing, use of face masks and social distancing in Kano.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kano has 666 confirmed cases of COVID 19 cases, with 571 active cases and 32 deaths.

As per the update of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Kano State had discharged 63 persons as at 11:45 pm of May 11, 2020.

A week ago, the state relaxed the lockdown order by allowing residents to move freely on Mondays and Thursdays, from 10 pm to 4 pm every week.

The aim of the relaxation in Kano was to allow people to make some shopping to cope with the Ramadan period amidst the lockdown.

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