Coronavirus: Kano considers closing mosques, churches as index case attended Juma’at prayer

The first case of coronavirus was confirmed in Kano State on Friday. The patient was said to have attended the Friday congregational prayers.  This development has led the state government to consider closing places of worship. The male patient was discovered after he was admitted to a private clinic along Lamido Crescent in Nassarawa GRA.

The patient, a former ambassador, was said to have come to Kano from Lagos, probably where he contacted the disease. Armed policemen were deployed at the clinic, and condoned-off the busy Lamido Crescent, thereby restricting movement. It was further learnt that some neighbours of the clinic were also evacuated from their homes for medical examination. A resident said his sister who was sent on an errand was prevented from entering her family house. The patient, Daily Trust gathered, attended Friday prayers at the popular Da’awah Juma’at Mosque along Suleman Crescent in Nassarawa GRA on Friday, a situation that is causing serious concern to government officials.

At Giginyu quarters, Daily Trust gathered, the immediate family members of the patient and his domestic workers have been evacuated to an isolation center. There was tension and confusion in the community following the discovery of the patient in the area, as residents could be seen discussing the matter at different places. The Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, who confirmed the case, said the state Task Force Committee on COVID-19 had directed deployment of health personnel to the three identified areas where the patient went prior to the detection of the virus for fumigation.

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