From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse
The Jigawa state Governor, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar Badaru has declared the lockdown of Kazaure local government area following the confirmation of first corona virus victim in the town.
Gov Badaru dropped the hint while addressing news men at government house Dutse.
He explained that, the case in Kazaure was the index in the state, apart from the one discovered in Kano and returned to Jigawa state last week.
He said, the entire Kazaure local government was lockdown while the contacts of the patient will be thoroughly searched and be traced.
According to him, the patient was moved to the isolation centre in Dutse and all contacts that will be traced would be isolated pending the outcome of test results to be carried out.
“On April 19, Jigawa state reached a grim milestone in its fight against the dread COVID-19 disease, as one the samples taken from Kazaure LGA returned positive”, he said.
“In order to curve the spread of the infection in the state, Kazaure LGA will be locked down for a period of seven days from 12 midnight of April 20th, 2020.
He said all security agencies in the state will work with CSOs, Vigilantes and Hisbah to enforce the lock down.
“So all the directive to stay at home, pending the time all contacts are traced, samples taken and results known for the suspected individuals,” he said.
He explained that “my dear citizens of Jigawa state, as you can see, time has come to enforce additional measures that will ensure safety of people of the state”.
“The Task Force Committee is consulting and we will soon announce additional measures to curve the spread of disease in Jigawa state”, he ensured.
“At this juncture, I will urge all of you to intensify prayers and ensure that you keep your eyes and ears open and report all suspected case to the authorities,” the governor urged.
According to him, as part of palliative, the government would distribute grains, including food items donated by well meaning citizens to residents in order to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic