Coronavirus now in rural communities in Kaduna state, Governor El-Rufai reveals

Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, tests positive for Coronavirus

Following the outbreak of Coronavirus in Kaduna state and its continuous alarming spread, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has raised an alarm over inter-state travel.

El-Rufai revealed that Coronavirus has been recorded in seven local government areas of Giwa, Igabi, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Makarfi, Soba and Zari.

The state's Standing Committee on COVID-19 who appealed for vigilance and active involvement of all citizens said infections have now been recorded in some mainly rural local governments on the borders of the state, thereby increasing the danger of community transmission.

The statement shared on the official Twitter handle of Governor Nasir El-Rufai reads;

As at 7 May 2020, positive Covid-19 test results have been recorded from seven local government areas: Giwa, Igabi, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Makarfi, Soba and Zaria. An overwhelming majority of Covid-19 cases in the state have travel history…

The consequence of such illegal travel is the widening spread of the virus into the state, and not just into the cities. Infections have now been recorded in some mainly rural local governments on the borders of the state, thereby increasing the danger of community transmission

The Standing Committee appeals for the vigilance and involvement of all citizens in the effort to avert this peril. Many citizens of Kaduna State have endured inconveniences and consistently complied with the restriction of movement, including the prohibition interstate movement

These sacrifices are being jeopardized by the actions of persons who violate the Quarantine Orders, and the misconduct of some law enforcement officers that have facilitated and indulged this grossly irresponsible pattern of interstate travel.

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