• Buhari expresses concern over cases of “unusual deaths” in Kano
• The lockdown in Kano needs to be eased to reduce hardship – Ganduje
• Cases in Kano remain on the increase as FCT, Lagos and Ogun lockdown eases today
Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has asked the Federal Government to relax the 14-day total lockdown imposed on the state.
President Muhammadu Buhari, had on Monday ordered a total lockdown in the state as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus disease.
Presidential concern over Kano “unusual deaths”
Buhari had also announced the deployment of a team of health experts to address the rising cases of “unusual deaths” in the state.
Ganduje had immediately hailed the President’s decision, saying his increased focus on Kano would help the state tackle the pandemic.
Ganduje makes case for ease of Kano Presidential lockdown
But speaking on Thursday at the Government House during the inauguration of a panel to support the Kano State Task Force Technical Committee, the governor highlighted that it was important to relax the lockdown so as to ease the hardship on residents of the state.
“We would engage the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to seek permission to relax the total lockdown imposed on Kano.
“We are making this appeal on behalf of our people who are presently running out of food items. We would love the federal government to relax the lockdown for a period of time to enable people stock their homes, especially now that majority of us are fasting. It will also ease the economic hardship in the state,” Ganduje said, according to TheCable.
Rise in reported cases in Kano as Lagos, Ogun and FCT ease lockdown
The PUNCH reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control as of Thursday night said Kano recorded 80 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections confirmed in the state to 219 with zero recovery but five fatalities.
The Centre on Friday also announced that the total coronavirus cases in the country has passed the 2100 mark while 351 recoveries and 68 deaths have been reported.
President Buhari in a latest nationwide broadcast eased Ogun, Lagos and FCT lockdown with effect from today, Saturday, May 2nd 2020.