Kaduna State Government said 65 Almajirai who recently returned from Kano tested positive for COVID-19.
The State said seven other cases on admission were persons with travel history outside Kaduna State or their contact.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Muyiwa Adekeye
Adekeye said since the index case was reported on 28 March 2020, the state had discharged eight patients and had recorded one fatality who died before his positive test result was received.
“Overall, 81 cases have been recorded in the state but the active cases are now 72,” he said.
Adekeye added that the State Standing Committee on COVID-19 appealed to citizens to report any person who they know has sneaked into the state.
He said such persons were violating the state’s Quarantine Orders as well as the nationwide prohibition of interstate travel by the Federal Government.
“Beyond illegal conduct, such persons are risking the health and lives of Kaduna State residents by recklessly spreading the virus across state lines,” Adekeye said.
He encouraged residents of the state to be uncompromising in exposing and reporting these potential spread agents of disease.
“They should not be allowed to spread sickness and make nonsense of the sacrifices the people of Kaduna State are making in enduring the tough but necessary measures announced to protect them,” Adekeye added.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication said the State Standing Committee was aware of documented instances of police and paramilitary personnel that had been involved in illegal interstate travel.
“This is unfortunate. Two policemen are among the 72 persons the state is treating for COVID-19. This should serve to remind everyone that nobody is immune from the virus.
“Citizens who suspect that they have been exposed to COVID-19 should act responsibly, avoid infecting others, contact health officials and isolate themselves until the authorities come to see them.
“Such persons are urged to readily volunteer all relevant information on their health, travel history and contacts,” he said.
Adekeye further stated that the Standing Committee reminded the general public of the importance of hand-washing, personal hygiene, social distancing and the avoidance of large gatherings in helping protect us all from COVID-19.
He said residents should wear face masks when leaving their homes and should wash their hands when they return home.