- Lai Mohammed has explained why Covid-19 corpses cannot be claimed for burial by families and relatives
- The information minister says such corpses can only be handled by the Ministry of Health as they are contagious
- Earlier, the minister claimed that the presidential task force on Covid-19 has not received a "kobo" from money contributed by private donors
Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says coronavirus corpses cannot be claimed for burial as they can only be handled by the Ministry of Health because they are contagious.
The minister made known this while speaking at a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) forum in Abuja where he was giving an update on the activities of the presidential task force on Covid-19 which he is a member.
Mohammed, who claimed there is no medicine for the virus yet, further disclosed that the pandemic is capable of unleashing a terribly overwhelming effect on the healthcare system and destroy the economy.
"Coronavirus is very dangerous and contagious; there is no medicine for it yet and it is not just capable of killing, overwhelming healthcare system, it will destroy the economy.
"In some countries, they are putting dead bodies in big refrigerators, because the morgues have filled up.
"Nigerians should not forget that these are not the type of corpses that can be claimed for burial because it must be handled by the ministry of health," the minister said.
The minister thanked Nigerians for supporting the federal government in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
He also called for cooperation and enjoined Nigerians to keep safe by taking preventive measures with a serious fist.
Mohammed said that by keeping basic hygiene and maintaining social distancing, in few weeks Nigeria will overcome the challenges and threat posed against the country by the pandemic.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Mohammed disclosed that the federal government has not received any money from private donors over coronavirus.
The minister made the disclosure on Friday, April 3, in Abuja during the presidential task force briefing on Covid-19, NAN reports.
Lai said the only money the presidential task force on coronavirus received is the one given by the government.
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