Friday, August 14, 2020

Brace for rise in virus cases, minister alerts Nigerians

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Nigerians have been told to brace for a rise in COVID-19 cases as a consequence of the ease of lockdown.

Health Minister Dr. Osagie Ehanire, who flashed the yellow card at a briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 Control in Abuja, said more cases of the virus should be expected, following the lifting of the ban on interstate travels.

He cautioned Nigerians not to assume it has become safe to move about yet.

According to him, stakeholders should take advantage of the four-week extension of the second phase of easing the lockdown as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari to review the strategy and assess the effectiveness of measures in place.

The minister assured that his ministry will address complaints by both citizens and hospital managers about long delays in receiving COVID-19 test results at treatment centers in Abuja.