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COVID-19: FG calls for virtual meetings, cautions political gathering

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has encouraged virtual meetings as well as urged places of worship to cautiously follow the guide lines on public gatherings, and members of the political class to exercise utmost circumspection in their gathering for whatever reasons.

The Chairman of PTF, also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha disclosed this at the Press Conference on COVID-19 on Monday, he said PTF wishes to reiterate that<br>all government offices shall continue to hold virtual meetings in their offices especially where participants exceed four persons and suspend all unnecessary travels for meetings.

According to him, “As we progress in this phase and acknowledging that testing capacity has to be increased, we encourage as many Nigerians as possible to get tested, we have expanded the network of sample collection centres. In Abuja, a sample collection centre has been set up at THIS DAY DOME and all Government hospitals In the FCT have been designated as sample collection centres.

“The visit of some media houses, over the weekend, to the Asokoro Observation Centre and their interaction with some patients should give Nigerians the comfort to get tested and treated if necessary. As often-repeated by the PTF, CONTRACTING COVID-19 IS NOT A DEATH SENTENCE, but not presenting yourself for testing or treatment when symptoms become observable, could likely lead to avoidable death”, he said.

He noted that Nigeria received US$8million worth of PPEs from the German Government and the ECOWAS Commission. “Also, in line with Mr. President’s role of the ECOWAS COVID-19 champion, Nigeria provided the warehouse space and shall support with the logistics for delivering the materials to other ECOWAS member countries.

“I must not close without reiterating the need for all of us to remain conscious of the fight before us. The pandemic would not go away by a wish, neither would it go away if we refuse to keep safe. Please let’s all resolve to play our part, while Government does its best to save lives and livelihood”, he said.


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