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Masari orders lockdown of Katsina State capital as two test positive

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• Yobe extends border closure with Borno
• Kwara vows to deal with violators

Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari has ordered lockdown of the state capital after two people residing in the metropolitan area tested positive to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The lockdown, which commences tomorrow morning by 7am, would have zero movement of persons, with limited services to be provided by select pharmacies and raw food sellers.

With the development, the state now has 11 confirmed cases, while several contact cases have either had their samples taken, or are being traced to determine their status.

Already, Daura and Dutsinma had since been locked down, with the state capital, Katsina, to follow by Tuesday morning.

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Masari said both patients in Katsina metropolitan area were males.

The governor said commercial banks would however continue to operate skeletally, as some customers would be receiving their salaries later in the week.

Also, Yobe State Government has extended the closure of borders with Borno State to 14 days, to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading across the state.

Director General, Press and Media Affairs to the Governor, Mohammed Mamman, stated yesterday in Damaturu that government had placed a restriction order on movements of persons and vehicles along Maiduguri road.

According to him, the restriction order takes effect from Sunday, April 19, 2020 at the Red Bricks Housing Estate, Damaturu, to Warsala border village of Borno.

He explained that the border closure, which will last for 14 days, was being enforced between 4pm and 7am.

Mamman, therefore, urged members of the public to ply the Damaturu-Warsala road from 7am to 3pm daily, while it would remain closed from 4pm to 7am the next day, before revising the order of the movements.

For the umpteenth time, the Kwara State COVID-19 committee has warned violators of lockdown in the state to be ready for prosecution.

Giving the warning at a press conference in Ilorin, yesterday, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, who doubles as the spokesman to the committee, disclosed that appropriate sanctions would be given to violators in view of the need to curtail the spread of the pandemic in the state.

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