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Reps dismiss reports of 50 lawmakers testing positive of-COVID- 19



THE House of Reps has dismissed reports that over 50 lawmakers tested positive for coronavirus.

  In a statement released today the House of Representatives, through its spokesperson Benjamin Kalu said the report is false.

  Kalu said the House of Representatives still works 5 days a week at the committee level

  According to Kalu, there was no time 50 members of the lower house could all test positive for COVID-19 at the same time, while urging the public to disregard the news.

  “Members of the National Assembly could fall prey to COVID-19, just like any other person. It is, therefore, unconscionable to attempt to weaponise this against the institution especially when the source of such strange information is a phantom,” Kalu said.

  Continuing, “We wish to state that there has not been any panic at the National Assembly as alleged in the publication and that to the best of our knowledge, it is absolutely untrue that 50 lawmakers tested positive to COVID-19.

  “The House is certain that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Federal Ministry of Health and the Presidential Task Force remain the most credible sources of data with regards to this pandemic and should be referred

Kalu reiterated that the House of Representatives still works 5 days a week at the committee level, though it has been sitting only once a week since the outbreak of the pandemic.

  Meanwhile, the federal government has expressed worry over the rising positive cases of the virus among people in positions of authority.

  The federal government expressed its concern through the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 led by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha on Monday, during a press briefing.

  Mustapha described the situation as a threat to national security and governance.

  “One of the challenges Nigeria faces in battling the pandemic is that 80 per cent of those who have COVID-19 in the country are asymptomatic, but can spread the disease to other people.” The PTF boss stated.

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