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We’ve limited time to stop Covid-19 or face explosion of cases – FG

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that Federal Government is determined to be more aggressive in enforcing the measures aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus as time is running out, government have short window within to stop this pandemic or face an explosion in terms of cases.

The Minister disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday while addressing the press on the update on measures being taken by the Federal Government to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic, while listed the measures as Social distancing, Contact tracing, Testing, Isolation of suspected cases and ensuring that our messaging gets down to the grassroots.

He 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. We cannot afford to be complacent”.

He added that Federal Government is considering tougher measures to enforce compliance, stop exportation of the disease to states that do not have it and minimize spread. “Possible measures include, Stopping inter-state/inter-town travels, except for essential services, Closing all motor parks and inter-state rail stations. “Already, all train movements nationwide have been stopped. Using fire fighting and other adaptable vehicles and personnel to fumigate cities and towns.

We will be considering and announcing new measures from time to time, but rest assured that whatever decisions we take will be in the best interest of Nigerians”, he said.

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