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Just In: Borno Suspends COVID-19 Lockdown, Permits Religious Gathering

Just In: Borno Suspends COVID-19 Lockdown, Permits Religious Gathering

The Borno State Government has suspended the lockdown imposed on the state to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).

Alhaji Umar Kadafur, the Deputy Governor of the state and Chairman of the state’s High-Powered Response Team for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

“In furtherance of the efforts to contain and eradicate this deadly scourge, the High Powered Committee wishes to announce the indefinite suspension of the Lockdown for the time being,” he said.

The Borno Government stated that the suspension was due to significant progress recorded in the fight against Coronavirus.

Alhaji Kadafur said the use of face mask in all public places is now mandatory in the state, adding that all government officials, traditional rulers, religious leaders, community and opinion leaders should adhere strictly to the enforcement of social/physical distancing in places of worship and social gathering.

The Borno Deputy Governor also announced the reopening of religious centres like Mosques and Churches.

“Henceforth, Jumma’at prayers and five daily prayers shall be observed in all mosques as recommended by the Borno State Council of Ulamas.

“Churches shall also conduct services as recommended by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

“All congregations must be observed based on strict principles of COVID-19 preventive measures which included social distancing, use of face mask and hand sanitizer,” he said.

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