Kano begins deportation of Almajiris as COVID19 toll hits 36

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    Report from Kano State indicates that the state’s government has embarked on a deportation exercise targeted at flushing-out non-indigenes Almajiris from the state.

    This new development came as the number of confirmed COVID19 cases reached 36 in the state which is regarded as one of the densely populated states in the country.

    THE DAILY VENDOR gathered that the deportation was in order to mitigate the risk of exposing them to COVID19 and the attendant effect of the lockdown in the state.

    This was disclosed on Twitter by the Kano State Government Director-General, Media and Communications, Salihu Yakasai.

    Yakasai tweeted on Sunday night, “H.E. @GovUmarGanduje has today, disclosed that his government has begun the deportation of Almajiris in Kano back to their home towns and states in order to reduce the risk of exposing them to coronavirus and related hardship from the lockdown that will further affect them,”

    Kano State has recorded one fatality but no discharged case yet.

    THE DAILY VENDOR reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced late Sunday night that the country has recorded eighty-six new cases COVID19, and while Lagos accounted for 70 of the new cases, the FCT had 7, Katsina 3, 3 in Akwa Ibom 1 in Jigawa 1 in Bauchi 1 in Borno.

    The centre said “One case previously reported in Kano, has been transferred to Jigawa state. Therefore, the total number of confirmed cases in Kano is 36 as at the 19th of April 2020”

    The eighty-six new cases reported bring the total infection toll in the country to 627. While 170 have recovered and discharged, with 21 deaths.

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