Kano State Government has begun the deportation of Almajiris who are non-indigenes of the state.
This is as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 36 in Kano which is one of the densely populated states in Nigeria.
Director-General, Media and Communications, Kano State Government, Salihu Yakasai, said the deportation was in order to mitigate the risk of exposing them to coronavirus and the attendant effect of the lockdown in the state.
“H.E. @GovUmarGanduje has today, disclosed that his government has begun the deportation of Almajiris in Kano back to their home towns and states in order to reduce the risk of exposing them to coronavirus and related hardship from the lockdown that will further affect them,” Yakasai tweeted on Sunday night.
The state has recorded one fatality but no discharged case yet.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced on Sunday night that confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country jumped to 627 while 170 recoveries and 21 deaths have been recorded.
Over fifty-five percent (376) of the total cases in the country were reported in Lagos State, also thickly populated just like Kano.
The PUNCH reports that Lagos and Kano are currently on lockdown which is to enforce social distancing as part of measures to curb the community transmission of the lethal virus in the two states.