15 Corps members contract COVID-19 in Niger

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Fifteen members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have tested positive for COVID-19 in Niger state.

Commissioner for Health, Dr Muhammed Makusidi disclosed this while speaking after a meeting with the Governor on measures to prevent spread of COVID-19 in the state.

According to him, out of the 16 active cases in the state, 15 are NYSC members.

Makunsidi said the state has recorded a total of 695 confirmed cases spread across 22 out of the 25 local Government Areas and 14 deaths.

In a related development, Governor Abubakar Sani- Bello has declared those who don’t use face masks will face a mobile court and pay a fine of N5,000.

He also directed the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General to prepare an executive order for the enforcement of compulsory use of face mask in the State.

He said the order will take effect from Monday, 1st of February, 2021, saying since lockdown is not feasible for now, the use of masks will become compulsory and mobile courts will be established for the prosecution of violators.

He told the Taskforce Committee on COVID-19 to collaborate with all the security agencies, including traffic guards and other local security outfits to enforce the executive order.

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