Niger State Government Lifts Ban On Juma’at Prayers Despite Two Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19


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Niger state government has lifted the suspension of Islamic Friday congregational prayer (Juma’at) for today Friday, 17th April, 2020.

In a statement released on Friday morning, the state government said the Juma’at Prayer is expected to hold between 11am to 3pm under strict observance of all the precautionary measures.

It also urged residents to continue to maintain social distancing, avoid contact base greetings, and to keep using hand sanitizers, face masks, hand washing facilities (soap, and water).

A part of the statement reads;

The sermon and prayers are to be conducted within thirty minutes; Muslims are advised to adhere strictly to the precautionary measures taken by Government on the containment of coronavirus pandemic in the State.

According to the statement, the lockdown will continue immediately after the Juma’at Prayers.

This comes despite the state confirming two coronavirus cases.

Meanwhile, Nigeria had on Thursday night confirmed thirty-five new cases of Coronavirus – 19 in Lagos, 9 in FCT, 5 in Kano and 2 in Oyo state.

This was made known in a series of tweet by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) yesterday.

The Centre also reported that with the new cases, there were 442 confirmed cases nationwide, 152 recoveries and 13 deaths.

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