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Kaduna extends lockdown to 30 days, warns violators

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The Kaduna government has extended the quarantine orders being enforced in the state to another 30 days, following the recommendation of the Standing Committee on COVID-19.
In a statement issued by 8:15pm on Sunday in Kaduna, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said that the extension which is effective from Sunday is aimed at protecting the state against the spread of COVID-19.
The statement said “with the  Covid-19 cases rising rapidly in neighbouring states and the FCT, and with strong evidence of interstate travel being a major means of spreading the virus, the Standing Committee’s evaluation is that measures to protect Kaduna State residents require further strengthening and more vigorous enforcement”.
The state also reduced  the  two-day window given to residents each week  to re-stock food  to one day.
‘’Henceforth, only Wednesdays will be lockdown-free, until the trajectory of Covid-19 infections becomes clearer,’’ the statement said.
The statement, said ‘’all persons that venture out of their homes for whatever reason must wear facemasks and observe social distancing everywhere they go, in market sand in authorised vehicles.
“Government is making efforts to provide facemasks for poor and vulnerable residents, and it appeals to everyone that can afford it to get their tailors to make them cloth facemasks which they can wash after every use.
“Wearing of facemasks will be robustly enforced as a critical public health measure to reduce person-person transmission.’’
The. statement urged all residents who are not on essential duties to stay home adding that ‘’no office, event centre, market, shop or business of any sort or place of worship is allowed to open.’’
The statement said  only category of persons “exempted from restriction of  movement  are workers in essential services such as health workers, the fire service, water corporation, electricity distribution, security personnel and fuel tankers conveying fuel to petrol stations.
The statement also said  businesses in the food and pharmaceutical value-chain are exempted.
‘’The Kaduna State Government has clearly stated that no visitor is welcome to enter the state while the Covid-19 pandemic is raging. Entry into or passage through Kaduna State is prohibited whilst the Quarantine Orders remain in force.’’ He added.
The statement said anyone  seeking to come into the state will be denied entry adding that sucu  persons will be given the option of returning to their take-off points or entering isolation for 14 days in locations and conditions that are so austere that nobody can mistake them for holiday resorts.
The statement added further that  vehicles being used to enable such attempts to breach the quarantine conditions will be confiscated and forfeited to the government.
‘According to the statement,  “The companies operating those vehicles will also be prosecuted and shall lose their license to operate in the state, even after the Covid-19 pandemic is contained.
‘’Within the state, vehicles of whatever type that are determined to be in violation will be confiscated and forfeited to the government, while the persons driving them will be fined, and may be imprisoned upon conviction.
‘’ Motorcycle taxis and tricycles (popular known as Keke Napep) are prohibited in the state. Persons driving or riding in them shall be prosecuted while the vehicles shall be forfeited upon conviction.
‘’Mobile courts have been empowered by the Quarantine Orders to try violators and impose the prescribed penalties, including fines, imprisonment and forfeiture of vehicles, upon conviction”.

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