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We may be forced to use police and military for COVID-19 contact tracing – Lai Mohammed

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture

The Federal Government has warned Nigerians to prepare for tougher measures as part of its precautionary measures against the deadly CoronaVirus pandemic.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, made the announcement earlier today while briefing newsmen in Abuja.

He noted that the government would deploy military and police if need be to enable it trace suspected contacts with any COVID-19 patient if they refuse to voluntarily show up for testing.

“We should be ready for tougher measures. The forms they will take will be out from the end of today or tomorrow. But Nigerians should be ready for tougher measures.

“If we don’t do proper contact tracing, the figure will multiply every five days. Nigerians must take ownership of this initiative.

“We won’t hesitate to use whatever measure to ensure that we do not endanger other Nigerians. Containment is very cheaper than cure.

“A few people have helped. If you know you travelled recently, give yourself up to relevant agencies.

“If the situation warrants, we may be forced to use the police and the military for contact tracing. The police are already working on that. We don’t want the figure we have now to multiply. We should work towards containment which is cheaper.”

Nigeria recorded its first CoronaVirus death on Monday. A 67-year-old man who just returned from the United Kingdom where he had visited for medical treatment.

All international airports have been shut down, all land borders have been closed, schools in various states have been ordered to close for 30 days to enable the nation effectively fight the disease.

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