Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Honourable Minister for Information and Culture

COVID-19: Nigerians must brace up for tougher measures ─Minister

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government has advised Nigerians to buck up for tougher measures in the efforts at curtailing the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in the economy.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Honourable Minister for Information and Culture, at a news conference in Abuja, FCT, Monday, March 23 stated that the government is prepared to take necessary measures for contact tracing among the Nigerian populace, ConsumerConnect has learnt.

Alhaji Mohammed said the Federal Government may be forced to employ the services of security operatives to trace contacts of the confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The Minister for Information and Culture also urged the people who just returned to the country to willingly submit themselves for proper check and contact tracing.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced Monday through its verified Twitter handle that a first COVID-19 death has been recorded in Abuja.

According to the disease control agency, the case was a 67-year-old male who recently returned to the country, following medical treatment in the United Kingdom (UK).

The victim, according to Mohammed, had underlying medical conditions, including multiple myeloma and diabetes and was undergoing chemotherapy.

As of 11.a.m. Monday, NCDC disclosed that the total cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Nigeria rose to 40, while active cases are 33, two persons already discharged, and the death toll as one.

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