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Kaduna extends lockdown by 30 days



… Producers of face masks in brisk business in Kaduna

GOVERNOR Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has extended the lockdown order in the state by another 30 days. The governor’s decision followed a recommendation by the State Standing Committee on COVID-19, which is chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe.

  He said the extension took effect yesterday.  This was contained in a statement signed by Muyiwa Adekeye, Special Adviser to the Governor (Media & Communication).

  “Malam Nasir El-Rufai has endorsed this evaluation and has accordingly reviewed the Quarantine Orders to strengthen the provisions against unauthorised movements.

The two-day window during which the restriction of movement is relaxed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays has been reduced to only one day.  Henceforth, only Wednesdays will be lockdown-free, until the trajectory of COVID-19 infections becomes clearer.

All persons that venture out of their homes for whatever reason must wear facemasks and observe social distancing everywhere they go, in markets and 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.

The government also encourages tailors to produce facemasks for sale to those that are neither poor nor vulnerable. Wearing of facemasks will be robustly enforced as a critical public health measure to reduce person-to-person transmission,” the statement read.

  The state government said all measures to contain COVID-19 would remain in force until reviewed.

  In a related development, tailors in parts of Kaduna are making brisk business following the compulsory use of face masks in public as one of the preventive measures against spread of COVID-19.

  A survey made today shows that some tailors around Kaduna metropolis are counting their gains with massive production and sales of face masks. While some call it a blessing in disguise, others say it would make up for their long stay without patronage and provide a source of income.

  A tailor and resident around Television Area, who identified himself as Michael Eze, said he produced about 10 face masks daily and each sold for N200.

 “The mask is easy to produce because it doesn’t require much material. Although, it doesn’t costs much. The income is enough to cater for our needs. Today alone, I’ve sold masks worth N2,000 and that is fair enough,” he said.

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