As coronavirus disease ravages states in the northern part of Nigeria, Katsina state governor Aminu Masari has ordered a total lock down of Kankia, Matazu and Musawa local government areas.
The governor said the lock down became necessary following confirmation of a COVID-19 case in each of the affected areas, by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
A press statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa, said the lock down would take effect from 7 am on Friday.
“The people of Kankia, Matazu and Musawa local government areas are therefore strictly warned to stay at home as security agents will be deployed to ensure total compliance in order to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the state,” the statement said.
The lock down on the three local government area brings to 10, the number of local government areas under lock down out of the 34 local government areas in the state.
The presence of coronavirus disease started in Katsina State with the index case of a now deceased medical doctor in Daura with a total of 166 primary contacts traced to him alone, according to Masari.
Other parts of the state with high number of contacts traced to confirmed cases also include, Katsina 52, Dutsinma 110, Mani 20 and Batagarawa 46.