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Abia, Kaduna to prosecute face mask use violators

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GOVERNMENTS of Abia and Kaduna States have warned residents against going out of their homes without wearing face masks.

  Speaking in a statement release today, Commissioner for Information in   Abia  State, John Kalu, explained that using face masks was important to curb the spread of COVID-19 after the state confirmed two cases recently.

  He insisted that residents found not wearing face masks in public places would be arrested and prosecuted without delay.

  As extra measures to fight COVID-19, the state government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in addition to the existing lockdown.

Kalu said this followed reports of people coming into Abia from neighbouring states for commercial activities at night and later sneak out at dawn.

  According to him, this poses a major infection risk to the people of Abia and must be stopped forthwith.

The commissioner also revealed that the government has traced 236 contacts of the index cases that have been placed in isolation and under surveillance.

  He, however, noted that a total of 132 people who had contact with the index cases have yet to be found.

  Similarly, Kaduna State government says wearing of face masks will be enforced as a critical public health measure, to reduce the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is contained in a statement signed by Muyiwa Adekeye, the Senior Assistant to the Governor on Media and Communications, in Kaduna. According to the statement, all persons who venture out of their homes for whatever reason must wear face masks and observe social distancing everywhere they go, in markets and in authorised vehicles.

  It also stated that government was making efforts to provide face masks for the poor and vulnerable residents, and appealed to everyone who could afford it to get their tailors to make them cloth face masks, which they could wash after every use. Government also encourages tailors to produce face masks for sale to those who are neither poor nor vulnerable.

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