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Published On: Tue, Apr 14th, 2020

Lockdown violations may cause 57,000 cases of coronavirus in Kaduna, commissioner warns

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From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

The taskforce on COVID-19 in Kaduna State has expressed fear that the state could record about 57,000 cases of coronavirus due to the violation of lockdown order.
Kaduna State Commissioner For Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan who is a member of the Taskforce disclosed this in a video clip addressing security men.
Aruwan added that the state does not have “the capacity to handle large number of infected persons.”
The task force said the case of an infected gateman who returned from Lagos is evident enough to show that there is local transmission of the disease, hence the need to comply with the stay-at-home order.
The state government lamented that tracing of over 300 persons in contact with the gateman from Lagos will be an impossible task as six persons had tested positive to COVID-19 in Kaduna.
Aruwan, who warned of an Impending disaster in a failure to ensure that lockdown in the state, urged the patrol team( Security men) to “please intensify the patrol and sustain the tempo.
“Nobody should come out and say they are government official and start intimidating you. Stop them who so ever and force them to identify themselves.
“If we don’t do what we are doing, we will end up with a disaster.”
“Our risk assessment is 57,000. So if we have 57,000 testing positive what are we going to do? we don’t have the equipment and facilities or hospitals that could take care of such number.
“And if we do what we are doing, we will end up with at least two thousand plus.
“Imagine the guy that came from Lagos, he is a gateman from kawo. Entered a commercial vehicle from Lagos to Kaduna, and he must have infected so many people. Now we can’t trace about 300 persons from his own family and people in area in Mando.”

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