Kano state has recorded 65 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, raising the number of active cases to 262.
This number is considered high considering the recent decline in the rate of infections in the state.
DAILY FOCUS reports that this was revealed in the daily update on COVID-19 issued by the state’s Ministry of Health.
According to the announcement, the latest infections were recorded from results of 1,348 samples submitted by the laboratories.
However, the health ministry said 15 patients have been discharged from the isolation centres.
Figures in the latest update also show that Kano has tested a total of 28, 846 samples since the first case of the virus was recorded in April, 2020.
On Sunday, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje announced the establishment of a tribunal to penalize residents who refuse to wear face coverings in public.
Mr Ganduje said his government had collaborated with security agencies to enforce compliance with covid-19 health regulations in the state, especially the wearing of face masks by all members of the public.
The governor warned commercial vehicle operators including bus and taxi drivers as well as tricycle (Adaidaita Sahu) riders not to carry any passengers not wearing face coverings.
He said the commercial vehicle operators would be punished if any passenger was found not using face masks.
According to him, despite the success recorded in the fight COVID-19 in Kano, challenges still remain.
Similarly, the Kano state government had recently canceled all celebrations during the upcoming Eid-el-Kabir festival, including the traditional horse-riding spectacle by all five emirs in the state.
Mr Ganduje however said the Eid-el-Kabir prayers would hold in all the designated mosques in the state, in strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols of hand-washing and wearing of face masks.
He said the state government would provide hand sanitizers on all the Eid grounds to ensure worshippers comply with the health rules.