More troubles for El-Rufai as residents violate physical distancing amid rise in covid-19 cases

There's fears Kaduna State could become another Kano despite efforts to keep covid-19 from spreading.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

/ by National Pivot

Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State is one of first movers in the country who acted swiftly in order to shield the State from being severely impacted by the novel coronavirus.

While the governor was criticize for his approach, especially the imposing of curfew and his N500 million relief packages, the State however, is among States with fewer covid-19 cases considering its proximity with Abuja, Kano and Katsina, where more cases have been recorded. This shows the measures put in place by the governor is working, albeit with a huge cost to the residents who have only two days of Wednesday and Saturday to stock up food supplies.

This narrow window however, has seen a severe violation of social distancing as residents scramble to grab whatever they can before the time runs out.

Sharing her experience, Mercy Swanta who is a Kaduna resident and founder of Swancy Links, said physical distancing wasn't observed at the State's main central market as a residents go about shopping. She expressed fears that efforts already in place to contain the spread of the virus could be undermine should the situation remains unchanged.

She said, "I was at the central market yesterday and I observed that there wasn't anything like social or physical distancing, even when I tried to observed all the distancing. it is either one passerby brush my hand or push me and it seems nobody care about COVID-19 atleast that was what I thought.

"I have been thinking all these while, if coronavirus carriers were to be found among the people walking round the market, that may undermine the fight against the virus in the state right?"

El-Rufai, has on April 26, extended the State's lockdown for 30 days, citing rising cases in Abuja and neighbouring States, particularly confusion in Kano State, as a reason for the move.

Meanwhile, total confirmed covid-19 cases in Kaduna State has risen by 17 in the past 24 hours to 32. While total confirmed cases in the country stands at 1728.

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