- The federal government has alerted Nigerians to get ready for tougher times as it battles with coronavirus
- Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, on Monday, March 23, said that the government will come up with strict measures against the virus
- Mohammed added that if nothing drastic is done soon, the number of those who will contract the virus may increase within a short time
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the minister of information of culture, has called on Nigerians to prepare for tougher measures which the federal government will take to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Mohammed said that the government will unveil the measure in not more than one to two days from Monday, March 23, The Nation reports.
The minister said this during a press briefing in Abuja. He admitted that if drastic steps are not taken, the number of those who will get infected with the virus will multiply every five days.
He added that if necessary, the government may use police officials for contact tracing all over the country. Mohammed pointed out that those who have contracted the disease should give themselves up to the concerned agencies for proper action.
The minister said: “We won’t hesitate to use whatever measure to ensure that you do not endanger other Nigerians. Containment is very cheaper than cure."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria had recorded the first coronavirus death after a 67-year-old man who returned home following medical treatment in UK succumbed to the disease.
This was disclosed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in a tweet on Monday, March 23. The deceased man reportedly has underlying medical conditions. Specifically, he was suffering from multiple myeloma and diabetes. He was also undergoing chemotherapy.
Consequently, the NCDC commiserated with his family. "The 1st #COVID19 death in Nigeria has been recorded. The case was a 67-year-old male who returned home following medical treatment in UK.
"He had underlying medical conditions- multiple myeloma & diabetes & was undergoing chemotherapy. "Our thoughts are with his family," the tweet read.
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