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Zamfara places ban on markets, religious gatherings after emir’s death


Following the death of the Emir of Kaura Namoda, Mohammed Asha, who died on Sunday from coronavirus complications, the governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has announced the closure of all markets as well as the suspension of congregational prayers in mosques and churches across the state.

Matawalle made the announcement on Monday night as part of additional measures to contain the community transmission of COVID-19 in the state. As of Monday, the state had 12 confirmed cases of the virus, with one death.

He said the situation in Kaura Namoda was especially worrisome considering the increased number of people dying of recent in the area, including its emir. He said the family of the late Emir had been quarantined and fumigation of the palace and major areas of the city had equally been done.

Matawalle said the new measure is for an initial period of one week. He lamented the nonchalant attitude of the people towards safety rules of social distancing, use of facemasks and hand sanitisers and appealed to the residents to adhere to all the safety protocols in order to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 in Zamfara.

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