Sokoto state has so far recorded eight deaths and 66 positive cases of COVID-19, Governor Aminu Tambuwal has confirmed.
Tambuwal, who stated this in a broadcast, said the statistic is putting Sokoto amongst the front line states in the spread of the pandemic.
“As disturbing as the statistics are, the State Taskforce on COVID-19 is however proving capable of addressing the challenge,”
“Due to the rising statistics in Sokoto State, I wish to appeal to Mr President and the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 to intervene in our State, through the provision of logistics and technical support, with a view to stemming the disturbing trend,” the governor said.
Tambuwal pointed out that “as the challenge is persisting and the indices worrisome, more and more measures have been taken at Federal and State levels of government in order to prevent the worst scenario.
“The particular Federal measures that affect Sokoto State are the ban on interstate movement, which reinforces the existing closure of our borders and boundaries, the compulsory wearing of facemasks by the general public and the nationwide curfew declared by the President.”
Pursuant to the presidential directive, the governor imposed a curfew on the state effective Monday, May 4th 2020, from 8:00pm to 6:00am daily.
“This, however, excludes personnel and staff involved in the provision of essential services.
“Similarly all public and civil servants on grade level 13 and above, who are not covered by the existing stay at home order, are to wear face mask to work and all public places,” he stated.
He called on people in the state to adhere to all measures for the protection of lives.