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Ganduje relaxes presidential lockdown in Kano

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Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Saturday announced that the total lockdown in the state ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari will be relaxed for two days.

Buhari on Tuesday ordered a total lockdown in Kano for 14 days as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the state.

Ganduje however said the lockdown will be relaxed for six hours between 10am and 4pm on Monday 4th and Thursday 7th April, 2020. The governor also ordered the compulsory use of face mask for commuters during these two days.

Ganduje said the decision to relax the lockdown was taken in consultation with the federal government to ease the hardship residents have compelled to face.

He also warned traders against inflating prices of commodities adding that the state anti-corruption agency is on track to confiscate goods and persons found taken undue advantage of the time.

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The governor said the upsurge in the positive cases of COVID -19 was unconnected with the availability of two functioning testing centre in Kano.

He disclosed that Aliko Dangote has promised to provide Mobile Test Centres with capacity to test 400 samples per day in Kano.

Earlier, the Chairman state Taskforce on COVID-19 and Deputy Governor, Nasiru Yusuf Gawna, said four state owned facilities might be converted to isolation centres so as to accommodate the increasing number of positive cases in the state.

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Those facilities include Kano state Library, State Hospitality Institute, Karfi Sport Institute and Abubakar Imam Centre.


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