The Katsina State Government has shut the palace of Emir of Daura as part of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state.
Governor Aminu Masari, who made the disclosure in Katsina while giving update on the coronavirus situation in the state, said there was no ulterior motive in the decision to quarantine the palace.
“Palace is a place where people visit all the time, we take this decision to contain the 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,” he said.
The governor explained that there have been some coronavirus positive cases from the palace, adding that samples of 89 people had been taken from the palace for screening by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Masari urged people of the state to continue to adhere strictly to guidelines laid down by health experts such as social distancing, use of face mask and sanitiser, as well as frequent washing of hands with running water.