Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has extended the lockdown orders in the state to another 30 days.
The governor’s decision follows a recommendation by the State Standing Committee on COVID- 19, chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe.
The extension is effective 26th April 2020
A statement from the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media & Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, said “With COVID- 19 cases rising rapidly in neighbouring states and FCT, and with strong evidence of interstate travel being a major means of spreading the virus, the Standing Committees evaluation is that measures to protect Kaduna State residents require further strengthening and more vigorous enforcement.
The statement explained that Malam Nasir El-Rufai has endorsed the evaluation and has accordingly reviewed the Quarantine Orders to strengthen the provisions against unauthorised movements, adding that’ “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 what ever reason must wear facemasks and observe social distancing everywhere they go, in markets and in authorised vehicles
“Wearing of facemasks will be robustly enforced as a critical public health measures to reduce person-person transmission.”
It said, “All residents of Kaduna state are quarantined and must stay at home.