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Most COVID-19 cases in Kaduna have travel history – Kaduna Government

Kaduna State government says majority of Covid-19 cases in the State have travel history and that such illegal inter-state travel is widening the spread of the virus.

The State Government decried the increase in illegal travels which it says poses the danger of community transmission as infections have now been recorded in mainly rural Local Areas

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye in Kaduna.

Adekeye said that the Standing Committee on Covid-19 appeals for the vigilance and active involvement of all citizens in the effort to avert this peril.

Adekeye mentioned that, the latest cases include four persons with travel history outside the State, a senior citizen who received many visitors at home and two persons in the police barracks who are contacts of one of the policemen who tested positive earlier.

The positive Covid-19 test results so far recorded are from seven Local Government Areas of Giwa, Igabi, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Makarfi, Soba and Zaria.

He argued that many citizens of Kaduna State have endured inconveniences and consistently complied with the restriction of movement, including the prohibition of non-essential interstate movement.

Adekeye stated that, these sacrifices are being jeopardized by the actions of persons who violate the Quarantine Orders.

He gave the assurance that government will continue to engage the leadership of the concerned agencies on these dangerous lapses, given its consistent support for the security agencies posted to the State.

“Kaduna State’s health system could be easily overwhelmed if community transmission occurs, as the situation in neighbouring states has shown” he explained.

It would be recalled that the State Government was compelled to barricade many of the entry points and deployed its senior officials from their other vital roles, in order to personally man these borders.

The Standing Committee appealed to the vast majority of law-abiding citizens to continue to expose and report persons engaged in interstate travel or who sneak into their communities.

Source: Voice of Nigeria