Kaduna Govt Quarantines 50 Interstate Violators, Warns Against Non-essential Travel

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    Governor Nasir el-Rufai

    By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

    The State Standing Committee on Covid-19 has confirmed that there are 92 active Covid-19 cases in the state. Fifteen patients have been discharged, while four fatalities have been recorded.

    According to a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor (Media & Communication), Muyiwa Adekeye, dated May 22, 2020, said that four of the 13 new cases that were reported on Monday, 11th May 2020 are contacts of the senior citizen from Makarfi LGA who has sadly died of the disease.

    During its review of compliance with Quarantine Orders, the Standing Committee was informed that 50 persons have been quarantined at the NYSC camp for violating the prohibition of interstate travel. They will be isolated there for 14 days to ensure that they are Covid-19 free. The quarantine centre received its first set of 27 guests on Sunday, while 23 others were brought in on Monday, following the deployment of senior KDSG officials to enforce the restriction of movement at various points of entry into the state.

    The Standing Committee has decided that Kaduna State will no longer offer the option of quarantine for persons traveling illegally. Federal and state quarantine orders currently in force prohibit all non-essential travel. Therefore, all persons are expected to stay put wherever they are until the quarantine restrictions are lifted. With the exception of persons on essential duty, anybody attempting to enter Kaduna State will henceforth be turned back and compelled to return to their points of departure.

    KDSG has also reminded employees and officials of the Federal Government and other state governments that are not on essential duty to desist from breaking the ban on interstate travel. Senior KDSG officials on enforcement duty at points of entry have noticed many FG employees on the road, traveling with their families and friends for non-essential reasons. Such persons ought to set an example of compliance with regulations, including the nationwide prohibition of interstate travel imposed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

    FG vehicles, identity papers and uniforms should not be used to violate state regulations or to assume immunity from regulations issued by the President.

    The Standing Committee also appealed to all Kaduna State residents to cooperate with health officials whenever they are required to be tested for Covid-19, provide contact details or to submit for isolation and treatment, if they test positive. It is a violation of the law and infectious diseases regulations for anyone to seek to evade testing or treatment. Persons who knowingly place other people in danger of infection or avoid testing and treatment are liable to prosecution for endangering public safety.

    Signed

    Muyiwa Adekeye
    Special Adviser to the Governor (Media & Communication)
    12th May 2020

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