The Kano State Government has announced the suspension of Eid-el-Kabir festivities in the state.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Muhammad Garba, on Monday in Kano.
This came after Federal Government on Saturday put six states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on red alert as part of the preventive measures against the third wave of COVID-19.
The states are Lagos, Oyo, Rivers, Kaduna, Kano and Plateau.
However, Garba said that only Eid prayers would be performed at mosques in the five Emirates across the state.
The development was part of measures by Nigeria, like most countries in Africa, presently facing a threat of the COVID-19, after detecting the more transmissible Delta variant.
The commissioner noted that the red alert would allow authorities in the affected states to restrict gatherings to a minimum, particularly the traditional durbar celebrations.
He appealed to the public to observe the COVID-19 safety protocols which include the use of face masks, hand washing, and social distancing during the Eid prayers.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in its latest update, stated that 203 new confirmed cases and one death was recorded in Nigeria on the 18th of July, 2021.
The 203 new cases are reported from 6 states- Lagos (186), Edo (4), Oyo (4), Rivers (4), FCT (3), and Kwara (2).
According to the Centre, till date, 169532 cases have been confirmed, 164699 cases have been discharged and 2127 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operation centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, has continued to coordinate the national response activities.