The minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that Nigeria might be facing an explosion of the Coronavirus, COVID -19.
Lai, stated this while updating the press on the measures taken by the Federal Government to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic.
He said “We have taken very bold measures in stopping international flights into the country, and we hail the state governments that have taken equally bold measures in their states, which include the closure of markets and the prohibition of large congregations.”
He added that social distancing, contact tracing, testing, isolation of suspected cases and ensuring that messages get down to the grassroots are the aggressive measures aimed at containing the spread of the virus.
Lai said “I don’t intend to sound apocalyptic, but the truth is that time is running out. If we don’t urgently and more aggressively enforce the measures I have just listed, we have a short window within which to stop this pandemic or face an explosion in terms of the cases.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire said his ministry is working to identify those who have been in contact with confirmed cases as he also emphasised the need for social distancing.
“We are working closely with States to conduct contact tracing to identify those who have been in close contact with confirmed cases
We urge all Nigerians to practice social distancing & limit all mass gatherings including religious, social & political events”
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