Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has said two – third of COVID- 19 cases in the state were recorded in Katsina Local Government Area which doubles as the state capital .
The disclosure was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mustapha Inuwa , announcing the easing of lockdown in the state for a week, effective Monday .
The statement read in part , “The governor noted that two – third of the COVID- 19 cases in the state falls within Katsina Local Government and , therefore , warned residents of the area to strictly observe and adhere to all protocols given by health / security officials such as wearing facemasks, social distancing , regular washing of hands and use of sanitisers etc. ”
According to the statement , the governor explained that the decision to relax the lockdown for a week followed a review meeting with religious leaders and other stakeholders, emphasising that it was in the best interest of the people of the state .
He , however , directed Muslim faithful to stay in their domains to observe the forthcoming Eid- El- Fitri prayers.
The state has recorded over 200 COVID- 19 infections including more than 10 associated deaths .