Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano State governor, has declared wearing of face mask compulsory for all residents in public places, warning that anyone found violating the order will be prosecuted.
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The governor made the declaration on Sunday at a media briefing on COVID-19 updates in the state.
Ganduje disclosed that the state government has established 10 mobile courts to punish violators of lockdown orders, noting that the directives are aimed at curbing the spread of the virus in the state.
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“We are not doing this arbitrarily. We are doing it for our own good. This disease has become community transmitted, so the only thing to break the chain of the transmission is to remain at home, avoid social gatherings and wear face masks as well as strict adherence to the protocols of COVID-19,” he said.
The governor also stated that the state government will provide sufficient face masks for the residents at no cost, adding that local tailors will be contracted to produce enough for the people.
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Earlier, Tijjani Hussein, Coordinator, Technical Response Team on COVID-19 in Kano, revealed that 576 confirmed cases of the disease have been recorded in the state.
He said 32 patients have been discharged and 21 deaths recorded.
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