29 test positive as COVID-19 resurfaces in Jigawa, Kaduna shuts schools
No fewer than 29 persons have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as the pandemic resurfaces in Jigawa State.
Consequently, the state government has ordered the resumption of full operation of the three isolation centres and enforcement of other preventive measures in the fight against the pandemic.
Addressing a press conference at the Conference Hall of the state’s Ministry of Health yesterday, the Acting Chairman, Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Salisu Muazu, stated that the conference came at the instance of a new wave of pandemic in Jigawa.
In the last 14 days, out of the screened 1,000 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members, 14 tested positive, while in the second batch, out of the 500, 15 tested positive.
Muazu reiterated state government’s resolve to support the committee’s fight against the scourge.
He called on residents of Metropolitan Dutse and other communities to observe COVID-19 protocols as effective preventive measures.
ALSO, Kaduna State Government has ordered the closure of public and private schools in the state, due to the soaring rate of the pandemic.
Top government officials and several individuals in the state have tested positive for the virus.
The Commissioner for Education, Dr. Shehu Muhammad, stated yesterday that the government “wishes to inform the general public, parents, guardians and students of the new date of schools’ closure due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in the state.”
According to him, the Ministry of Health has further confirmed that, while the infections cut across age groups, the new wave especially affects those between ages 10 and 35 years (which form majority of the populace in the education sector).
“Learners in the basic and secondary school levels can continue learning while at home from the Kaduna State TV and Radio e-Learning Programmes,” he added.
About 174 people in the state have reportedly tested positive for the virus.