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Nigerian govt tracing 4, 370 contacts of COVID-19 cases

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said on Thursday the Federal Government is tracing at least 4,370 people that had contacts with coronavirus cases in the country.

Mohammed stated this in Abuja while giving an update on the measures being taken by the government to tackle the pandemic.

The minister said: “We have 4,370 people of interest whom we are tracing, and we urge those who have had contact with suspected cases to immediately report to the authorities.

“We urge Nigerians to support the authorities in this regard, because we are on the verge of reaching the level of community spread.

“We must stop this immediately or we will record exponential cases in the days ahead.”

He noted that being positive to coronavirus is not a death sentence, adding that there is no justification for people not to surrender themselves to health authorities for necessary test to ascertain their health status.

He said some Nigerians, who flew into the country from overseas, filled wrong addresses and phone numbers in their forms, making it difficult to trace them when the need arose.

Mohammed added: “We are not getting the kind of cooperation that this moment deserves from Nigerians.

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“Many are busy engaging in meaningless criticisms instead of complying with the stipulated directives to keep people safe.

“Some Nigerians defied orders to stay away from large gatherings, while some religious leaders wilfully flouted the directives to ensure social distancing.

“The government is doing its best, but we need the citizens to do their best too.”

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