The Katsina State Government has shut down the palace of the Emir of Daura as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Governor Aminu Masari, who made the disclosure in Katsina while giving update on the COVID-19 situation in the state, said there was no ulterior motive to the decision to quarantine the palace.
Masari said: “Palace is a place where people visit all the time.
“We take this decision to contain spread of Coronavirus.
“Reports reaching me reveal that people in rural areas don’t obey the order, people gather during marriages, naming ceremonies, burials and other social gatherings.
“I have directed the Emirs of Katsina and Daura to deal decisively with anyone violating the order.”
The governor explained that there have been some COVID-19 positive cases from the palace, while samples of 89 people had been taken from the palace for screening by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
Masari urged people of the state to continue to adhere strictly to the advice of health experts like social distancing, use of face masks and sanitiser as well as frequent washing of hands with running water.
Katsina State came out as the second highest hit state on May 4, 2020 when the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced the results of the COVID-19 tests carried out nationwide.
Katsina had 37 confirmed cases out of the 245 recorded by the country.