192 Children test for Covid-19 amidst lockdown in Kano

192 Children test for Covid-19 amidst lockdown in Kano


No fewer than 192 Almajirai Children in Kano State have contracted the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19); Even as the State government has reviewed the restriction of movement (curfew) beginning from 10pm to 4am night time curfew towards tackling the pandemic.


The State Commissioner for Health, Muhammad Kiru, who disclosed this during Covid-19 briefing at the Government house on Thursday, said part of those who tested positive returned from other States.

According to him, a total of 244 almajiri children were received, Kiru said the state has successfully repatriated 1,183 Children to other States.

“Since the beginning of repatriation of almajiri, we have successfully repatriated 1,183 and have received 244. We moved 418 to Katsina, 524 to Jigawa, 155 to Kaduna, 38 to Bauchi, 36 to Gombe and 75 to Zamfara,” he said.

“We fed the almajiri, gave them the required healthcare and got them tested where we discovered 192 to be positive and got them isolated.”

The Commissioner added that the Government has provided three almajiri boarding schools in Bagwai, Madobi and Bunkure local government areas, in addition to 12 schools.

“The Almajiri schools in the State now have the capacity to admit a total of 1,800 students in which there is an integrated curriculum that includes the Qur’anic and modern education,” he said.

“We have also initiated regulatory measures for anyone that intends to establish an almajiri school and anyone that does not meet the rules will not be allowed to operate.

“Meanwhile all almajiri schools in the State have been closed down pending the opening of schools when the integrated system will begin to operate.”

*Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has directed the lifting of the Covid-19 lockdown order in the State, while maintaining the 10pm to 4am night time curfew.

The Governor said this in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar during the Kano State Task Force on Covid-19 media briefing on Thursday in Kano State.

Ganduje noted that Civil servants on grade level 12 and above are directed to resume work from Monday July 6 while markets and motor parks are allowed to open.

The Government however insists that people should observe the protocols of Covid-19 as issued by health authorities.

The statement added that street begging is banned, and only one person is allowed on motorcycle while tricycle operators must not take more than two passengers.

On schools re-opening, Governor Ganduje hinted that, “All schools will only be reopened on the directive of the Federal Government”.


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