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Nasarawa, Adamawa relax ban on religious gathering

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Nasarawa State is set to relax the ban on religious gathering, just as three new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been confirmed in the state.

However, four persons, including the index case, have been discharged after testing negative following treatment in isolation.

The State Security Council led by Governor Abdullahi Sule made this known to journalists yesterday after an expanded meeting at Government House, Lafia.

According to the governor, in a week’s time, when all the protective equipment must have been provided for the citizens, the state may relax restrictions on places of worship.

Sule cautioned that the relaxation of restrictions should be with strict adherence to preventive regulations, including physical distancing.

Further, restriction on shops other than those selling foodstuffs outside the markets has been relaxed from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. daily across to state, with provision for handwashing and sanitising of hands.

In Adamawa State, Muslims and Christians can now resume religious activities as Governor Ahmadu Fintiri has eased restriction on public worship.

The governor, though with certain conditions, also lifted the ban on social gatherings earlier imposed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Fintiri stated yesterday through his Press Secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou: “Churches, mosques and the international cattle markets under lockdown can now reopen.”

He however listed conditions that include social distancing with no more than 50 persons at a time, provision of hand sanitisers or handwashing facilities and temperature checks at the point of entry.

Meanwhile, Borno State has suspended the three-week lockdown, as the prevalence of the virus continues to decline.

Announcing the suspension on Wednesday in Maiduguri, the state’s COVID-19 response team chairman and deputy governor, Umar Kadafur, disclosed: “There has been significant progress in the fight against COVID-19 over the last three weeks.”

According to him, the stringent measures have yielded desired results.

He, therefore, appreciated the immense “support and cooperation” from members of the public during the three-week lockdown.

Kadafur, however, warned that the state government would revert to the status quo where the situation escalates.

“The use of face masks by the public is mandatory and enforceable by the COVID-19 pandemic response team,” he said.

He directed traditional, religious and community leaders as well as opinion leaders to enforce physical distancing at public gatherings and places of worship.

“There should be a restriction on public gatherings, especially funeral processions/rites, weddings, naming ceremonies to not more than 20 persons.

“All medical consultations by pharmacies and patent medicine stores that are related to COVID-19 or similar ailments should be referred to government hospitals,” he said, warning that defaulters would be prosecuted.


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