- The Ministry of Health has maintained that social distancing remains a vital preventive measure
- The ministry urged Nigerians to always maintain a distance of five feet from other people
- According to the ministry, this will reduce the chance of contracting and spreading the pandemic
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With Nigeria's Covid-19 hitting a towering figure of 26,484 cases on Wednesday, July 1, 603 deaths and 10,152 recoveries, the federal government has emphasised on the need to maintain social distancing.
Legit.ng recalls that since the outbreak of the pandemic, the federal government has intensified efforts towards flattening the curve by reeling out guidelines for worship places, education centres and workplaces.
And with the extension of the relaxation of lockdown imposed by the government, the Federal Ministry of Health has stressed that social distancing remains a vital preventive measure against the Covid-19 scourge.
In a tweet by the health ministry on Wednesday, the federal government reemphasised that Nigerians must continue to "maintain a distance of at least 2m metres from other people."
It added that close contact with an infected person contributes to massive community transmission of the virus, urging Nigerians to take responsibility and keep safe.
"Social distancing plays a critical role in Covid-19 prevention because Covid-19 spreads through close contact with infected persons.
"Always maintain a distance of at least 2m metres from other people to protect yourself," the health ministry urged.
Ministry of Health further explained in three phases why social distancing by at least two meters should be always be maintained amid a spike in cases nationwide.
1. You can't immediately identify who has the virus.
2. To reduce the spread of the virus if you are already infected.
3. To avoid contact with droplets from an infected person when they sneeze or cough.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the hope of lifting the ban on the higher institutions in Nigeria has been dampened as the federal government insisted that there is no arrangement for such development.
Briefing pressmen on Tuesday, June 30, Dr Sani Aliyu, the coordinator of the presidential task force on Covid-19, made this known as Nigeria begins another phase in relaxation of lockdown.
Aliyu's position came on the heels of the decision of the federal government announcing "a safe reopening" of schools for the graduating classes nationwide.
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