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Covid-19: We’ll use lawful means to bring close contacts in – FG

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that for those who have come into close contact with others who have coronavirus, are at higher risk of infection, and of potentially infecting others while those who will not cooperate by submitting to the authorities, as required, the government will use all lawful means at its disposal to trace and bring them in.

Speaking at the Press Conference in Abuja on Monday as the Federal Government’s continuing efforts to combat Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, he said Nigerians too must take responsibility, do what they are requested to do to stay safe and stop blaming others.

He said Federal Government is aware that some political and religious leaders have either denied the existence of coronavirus or have defied the directives to avoid a large gathering. “Leaders of all hues must show great responsibility at this time.

They must avoid putting the lives of not just their followers but also those of the general public in danger. “For those who would continue to willfully flout the directives aimed at checking the spread of this disease, the long arm of the law will soon catch them.

We need the cooperation of all Nigerians in the area of ‘contact tracing’. As you may be aware, health services use ‘contact tracing’ to find people who may have been exposed to an infectious disease, in this case coronavirus.

He noted that there is no true in the farce out that the disease cannot affect Africans for one reason or another, or that the young is immune to it. “Based on what we know so far, no one is immune to this disease.

In New York, for example, 54% of those infected are between the ages of 18 and 49. As the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, young people are not immune to coronavirus and must avoid socialising and communicating it to older, more vulnerable people” he said.

He commended all responders, the great team at the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Immigration officers and others at the ports of entry. “I will say, they are in the forefront of this battle with an unseen enemy.

We appreciate their sacrifice to keep us all safe. We also thank Nigerians for complying with all the preventive measures being put in place by the government. These include social distancing (deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness”, he said.

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