The Plateau State Government on Tuesday banned Muslims from congregating for Eid-el-Kabir prayers in the state.
This was announced by Governor Simon Lalong who also doubles as the Chairman of the State COVID-19 Task Force.
Lalong made the announcement in Jos on Tuesday while briefing newsmen on the state’s response to the outbreak of the virus.
He also banned residents of the state from visiting recreational centres during the holidays.
“Residents should strictly use face masks, especially children conveying food and other items to neighbours.
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“The ban is necessary following the increasing number of cases in the state coupled with the preparations for the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, to prevent further spread of the disease,” he said.
Governor Lalong also noted that the state had high cases of COVID-19 because of its increased testing capacity.
“As of July 28, we have tested a total of 14,816 persons, with 10,922 results received so far, out of which 982 tested positive for the virus.
“We are waiting for 3,894 results from all the tests conducted.”
He added that 221 patients were on admission in the four treatment centres in the state.