– The federal government has again raised concern over the attitude of Nigerians towards the coronavirus scourge
– Boss Mustapha said efforts of the government are being sabotaged because people do not take the safety measures with seriousness
– The chairman of PTF on Covid-19 also stated that Nigeria has increased its testing centres from 2 to 64 within three months
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The attitude of Nigerian towards the Covid-19 has been the greatest challenge in the government’s collective efforts against the highly ravaging pandemic, the presidential task force has lamented.
Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, made this known while addressing journalists during the Covid-19 PTF briefing on Thursday, August 20.
Mustapha, who is the chairman of the committee, said the governments across levels have been putting their best to curb the spread of the coronavirus but many Nigerians are sabotaging the efforts.
Nigeria’s confirmed Covid-19 cases crossed the 50,000 thresholds with 37,569 recoveries and 992 deaths as at Thursday according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) report.
Mustapha lamented that Nigeria would have flattened the curve had people followed the necessary guidelines and safety measures put in place by the national health authority.
“We would have flattened the curve. We would have dampened this ravaging virus by now if we had just complied with the simple instructions.
“Our biggest challenge has been the attitude of Nigeria; that is our biggest challenge,” the PTF chairman lamented in an impassioned speech.
The SSG also said Nigeria has increased its testing capacities from two to sixty-four testing centres within a period of “three to four months.”
He further added that Nigeria can now test up to 15,000 samples in a day.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian government has strongly stated that the country will apply the “principle of reciprocity” when the ban on the international flight is finally lifted.
This means Nigeria will only open its air borders for the flights coming from countries that allow Nigerian flights despite the ravaging effect of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking on Thursday, the aviation minister subsequently said Nigeria will only permit international flights from countries that extend the same gesture.
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