- Amaechi has revealed that he is scared of contracting coronavirus
- As a result of this, he moves about with sanitisers and other protective equipment
- Going further, the minister also said that left to him, the railway would not be opened for Sallah
As coronavirus continues to wreak havoc, Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria's minister of transportation has revealed that he is scared of the novel disease.
Amaechi said as a precaution against the virus, he carries his sanitiser and extra mask around, The Nation reports.
The minister and ex Rivers state governor disclosed this in Abuja on Monday, July 27, during the briefing by members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
Going further, the minister said if not for pressure, he would not have allowed the railway to function.
“I carry mask and sanitiser everywhere I go and the reason is that I have seen people die of COVID. So, I’m dead scared. If you ask the national coordinator of PTF, I refused that we should open the railway. It is the pressure of those who want to participate in the forthcoming spiritual activities (Sallah) that made me accept that the railways from Abuja to Kaduna resume," he said.
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that due to the pandemic, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has said mosques in Kaduna state will only be reopened for daily prayers based on the advice of health experts.
El-Rufai also permitted Muslims in the state to Eid prayers in open spaces during the forthcoming Eid Al-Adha Muslim festival.
He, however, stated that no celebrations would be allowed during the festival as a result of COVID-19.
Speaking during a media chat, the governor stated that COVID-19 infections have tripled since the lockdown was lifted.
He reminded Muslims to observe social distancing and wear face masks during the Eid prayers.
The governor also said they should avoid large gatherings in compliance with the Covid-19 prevention protocol.
Legit.ng had also reported that as Nigeria and other countries across the world battle with the virus, there have also been concerted efforts to correct the upsurge of misinformation arising from the pandemic such as fake cures, conspiracy theories, etc.
As the race to get cures and a vaccine continues around the world, a viral social media post has claimed that Covid-19 can be prevented by rising one's nose with salt water.
Claim: Rinsing your nose with salt water can prevent infection with Covid-19.
Fact: This claim is FALSE. There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus, according to a statement by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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