57,000 new cases imminent in Kaduna – Govt

In Kaduna State, the state government expressed concern that coronavirus cases in the state could rise to 57,000, if residents continued to violate its lockdown order.

The state Task Force on COVID-19, which expressed the fear on Monday, said the risk assessment of the pandemic was troubling and could be up to 57,000 new cases, if there was no effective enforcement and implementation of the lockdown order.

The task force was reacting to the sixth confirmed COVID-19 case, a   security guard, who returned to the state from Lagos by bus.

The Task Force Leader and Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan,  in an interview with journalists, said it was important for people to observe the lockdown.

He said, “With the pandemic gradually spreading to neighbouring states coupled with the sixth imported case from far away Lagos into Kaduna, we are not happy that the safe corridor provided for travellers has been serially abused since the lockdown was imposed, as people from elsewhere have been coming into Kaduna in droves in violation of the quarantine order.”

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