- The federal government is beginning to take more drastic measures to ensure social distancing to curb the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria
- In this vein, inter-state travels in the country will be put on hold anytime soon
- This was announced on Thursday, March 26, by the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed
The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Thursday, March 26, revealed that the federal government will suspend inter-state travels by bus and railways throughout Nigeria.
Mohammed, in a press briefing to journalists, stated that this is one of the government's measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus in the country, Nigerian Tribune reports.
The minister added that the government will also embark on the fumigation of markets, towns and cities all over the nation, adding that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration will not relent in its drive to ensure social distancing among Nigerians.
He went on to say that measures will be taken to increase the number of bed spaces in hospitals.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Mohammed had called on Nigerians to prepare for tougher measures which the federal government would take to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Mohammed said that the government would unveil the measure in not more than one to two days from Monday, March 23.
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."
Also, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria had recorded the first coronavirus death after a 67-year-old man who returned home following medical treatment in the 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 had underlying medical conditions.
Specifically, he was suffering from multiple myeloma &nd diabetes. He was also undergoing chemotherapy.
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