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COVID-19: Ganduje issues stern warning as 19 members of one family test positive

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Governor of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje, has warned residents of the state, especially market community to strictly obey the COVID 19 protocols.

The Governor said this on Thursday at a COVID 19 stakeholders’ meeting with market community leaders in the state at the Government House.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Nasiru Gawuna, said 19 family members tested positive to COVID-19 after its breadwinner recently died of the virus.

“This COVID-19 pandemic is real and we have to seriously fight it.

“There was a house where the breadwinner died of COVID-19 recently and when the family members were tested, 19 of them were found to be positive,” Ganduje said.

He warned that the second wave is worse than the first and advised residents to adhere to protocols in order to prevent another lockdown as well as closure of markets in the state.

“We all know that it is the marketers that suffer most whenever there is a lockdown especially those who have to work to feed on a daily basis.

“Adhere to the necessary COVID-19 protocols to avoid the spread of the pandemic in the state and to avoid a situation that will necessitate the lockdown again,” the governor added.

Ganduje also promised to distribute 100,000 facemasks to the market community.

COVID-19: Ganduje issues stern warning as 19 members of one family test positive

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In fulfillment of his promised to end discrimination of nationals allowed into the United States, President Joe Biden has ordered the resumption of visa processing in countries his predecessor, Donald Trump banned.

Biden, in his first executive orders, on Wednesday cancelled the ban.

In the last three years, the Trump administration slammed travel and immigration ban on a number of countries.

After adjustments on about three occasions, more than a dozen nations were placed on the ban list.

While some were outrightly stopped from applying for any type of category, visas that could lead to immigration were stopped in Nigeria and others.

All thirteen are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, Venezuela, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.

In details of the “Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States” seen by Muhabarishaji, Biden said America was built on a foundation of religious freedom and tolerance.

He noted that the previous administration enacted orders that blocked certain individuals “first from primarily Muslim countries, and later, from largely African countries”.

Condemning the actions, Biden said they “are a stain on our national conscience and are inconsistent with our long history of welcoming people of all faiths and no faith at all”.

The President said the decisions jeopardized America’s global network of alliances, partnerships, separated loved ones and inflicted pain that will ripple for years to come.

“They are just plain wrong. Make no mistake; where there are threats to our Nation, we will address them. Where there are opportunities to strengthen information-sharing with partners, we will pursue them.”

Biden said though there will apply a rigorous, individualized vetting system, the U.S. will not turn its backs on our values with discriminatory bans.

Revoking the Trump orders, Biden directed resumption of visa processing and clearing the backlog of cases in waiver processing.

His proclamation reads: “The Secretary of State shall direct all Embassies and Consulates, consistent with applicable law and visa processing procedures, including any related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), to resume visa processing in a manner consistent with the revocation of the Executive Order and Proclamations specified in section 1 of this proclamation.”

The Secretary of State will in 45 days present to the President, the number of visa applicants who were being considered for a waiver of restrictions and a plan for expeditiously adjudicating their pending applications.

Individuals whose immigrant visa applications were denied on the basis of the suspension and restriction on entry will have their applications reconsidered.

Biden ordered that visa applicants must not prejudice as a result of a previous visa denial due to the suspension and restriction on entry if they choose to re-apply for a visa.

The government will carry out a review of information-sharing with nations worldwide to ensure screening and vetting individuals seeking entry to the U.S.

The proclamation further approves a review of social media identifiers used for screening and vetting process.

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