Covid-19 also known as Coronavirus spread in Nigeria might force the Federal Government to involve the military to enforce social distancing.
During a press briefing held in Abuja by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, the military and police maybe involved in contact tracing.
The Minister urged residents who recently came into Nigeria to “give themselves up”, stressing that if contact tracing is not properly done, the number of people who have been infected will multiply every five days.
“We should be ready for tougher measures. The forms they will take will be out from the end of today or tomorrow. But Nigerians should be ready for tougher measures,” he said.
“If we don’t do proper contact tracing, the figure will multiply every five days. Nigerians must take ownership of this initiative.
“We won’t hesitate to use whatever measure to ensure that you do not endanger other Nigerians. Containment is very cheaper than cure.
“A few people have helped. If you know you traveled recently, give yourself up to relevant agencies.
“If the situation warrants, we may be forced to use the police and the military for contact tracing.
The police are already working on that. We don’t want the figure we have now to multiply. We should work towards containment which is cheaper.”
Though the fear of contacting Covid-19 has gripped a lot of persons across the country, some still believe it might not be as serious as it appears in the news.