Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has disclosed that illegal interstate travel is spiking Coronavirus spread in the state.

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El-Rufai, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, in a statement on Friday, said the majority of COVID-19 cases in the state had travel history.

El-Rufai said the development had increased the danger of community transmission “now being recorded in some mainly rural local governments as the borders of the state”.

The statement said, “The Standing Committee, on COVID-19 appeals for the vigilance and active involvement of all citizens in the effort to avert this peril.”

El-Rufai said the committee “has confirmed that seven new cases were recorded in the state on May 7”.

He added, “Kaduna State now has 82 active cases, having discharged 10 patients and recorded one fatality.

“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 police barracks who are contacts of one of the policemen who tested positive.”

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai.
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai.

The statement also noted that the state government was compelled to block many of the entry points and deployed senior officials to personally man the borders because of the illegal happenings at the borders.

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He said, “The Standing Committee appeals 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.

“All citizens should please consistently exercise the personal responsibility and compliance with health protocols that have been outlined to help beat COVID-19.”