The governments of Adamawa and Gombe states have lifted the lockdown in their states that was initially put in place to curb the spread of Coronavirus.
A statement from Humwashi Wonosikou, press secretary to Ahmadu Fintiri, governor of Adamawa, said churches, mosques, and markets can now open for activities but must observe social distancing and all other COVID-19 precautionary measures.
“Churches, Mosques and the international cattle markets under lockdown can now reopen, but must ensure social distancing with no more than 50 people at a time. Other measures include provision of hand sanitisers or washing of hands and temperature checks at the point of entry.
Government now believes the contagion rate is low enough to justify a cautious easing of the restriction, but warned that citizens must work extra hard on personal hygiene and strict adherence to laid down guidelines.
Governor Fintiri said the easing of the lockdown comes as the state discharge five (5) from its isolation centre after testing negative of the virus. However, the 8pm to 6am curfew will remain in place until further notice.” the statement read
On his part, Inuwa Yahaya, governor of Gombe state said he decided to lift the lockdown because of the pledge from all religious leaders in the state to comply with all health directives on the COVID-19 pandemic. According to him, the restriction imposed by the state government to contain community spread of the disease had yielded results.
According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Adamawa state has 21 confirmed cases while Gombe state has 119.