At 11 pm on Monday, May 11, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a WhatsApp broadcast claiming that the Kano state government has relaxed the Coronavirus lockdown earlier imposed on the state.
The message, also sent to the CDD fact-checking WhatsApp number, claimed that the relaxation of the lockdown was announced by the state government to enable residents to participate in the Eid-el-Fitr preparation due in 10 days.
At a meeting with religious leaders on April 14, 2020, the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, announced the imposition of a one-week lockdown in the state.
The governor said the lockdown, with effect from April 16, 2020, will help contain the spread of Coronavirus among Kano state residents. At the expiration of the first week, the state government extended the lockdown for another week.
Also, on April 27, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari imposed a two-week lockdown which expired on May 11, on the state.
However, shortly after the expiration of the lockdown issued by the president, the Kano State Commissioner for information and Culture, Muhammad Garba, announced another round of a week extension.
Garba in a statement issued at midnight on Monday, May 11, 2020, said the decision was reached by the state after consultations with the federal government and key stakeholders in the health sector.
He emphasised that the measure is aimed at further reducing the indiscriminate person to person contact considered as one of the major ways the disease is being spread.
The Kano State Government has not relaxed the COVID-19 lockdown.
The CDD is urging the general public to disregard WhatsApp message widely circulated. The public is also advised to adhere to all measures laid down by the authorities to curb the spread of the disease.
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