- Lai Mohammed has warned Nigerians that coronavirus is real and not to get infected
- The minister of information and culture expressed worry that many people are still in denial of COVID-19
- Mohammed restated that the only way not to get infected is by obeying the safety measures put in place
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Following the daily increase of coronavirus infections in the country, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's minister of information and culture, has restated that the deadly virus is real and warned people not to get infected.
According to Channels TV, the minister disclosed this on Thursday, June 18, during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja.
Mohammed went on to express concern that many Nigerians are living in denial of the existence of the disease and are not following the guidelines to prevent and control the virus provided by the government.
The minister said that the only time cases of positive infection make an impact on Nigerians is when COVID-19 affects someone they know.
He stressed that the only way not to get infected by COVID-19 is by obeying the safety measures put in place by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and taskforce.
“Pray not to get to the hospital. Pray not to get infected. And the only way you will not get infected is by listening to what the NCDC is saying; to what the PTF is saying.
“We have repeated several times here: there is no known vaccine for COVID-19; no known medicine for COVID-19; don’t believe what anybody is telling you,” he said.
While adding that the only vaccine known for coronavirus is the use of sanitizers, social distancing, washing of hands, and avoiding mass gatherings among others, Mohammed restated that there no medicine for COVID-19.
He said: “There is no other medicine than this, if you know the experiences of those who have gone through this; who are going through this, you would pray never to be infected with COVID-19.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government warned Nigerians that they are more likely to contract coronavirus now than ever before. This was stated by the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, at a press briefing on Thursday, June 18.
He said due to the expanding rate of community infections in the country, more Nigerian are at risk of contracting the virus.
“Now, more than ever before. If you go out, you are more likely to get COVID-19 than before. You’re at risk of acquiring COVID-19, because of the numbers we have now is more than three, four weeks ago when we had the lockdown,” he said.
In a related development, the Nigerian government raised an alarm that Nigerians and state governments were not cooperating on COVID-19 testing with the NCDC.
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday, June 8, decried the refusal of Nigerians to show up for testing. The task force appealed to the House of Representatives to educate Nigerians on the need to submit themselves for testing.
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