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85 LGs in 20 states yet to conduct COVID-19 test

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CHAIRMAN of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF), Boss Mustapha, said that that 85 local government areas in the country had so far not conducted any COVID-19 test.

Mustapha said that as a result of this, the affected local government areas in the 20 states had not reported any case of the virus.

According to him, five states still account for 60 per cent of confirmed cases while 50 per cent of all cases were in 20 per cent local governments.

Also speaking, Federal Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire regretted that Nigeria had lost 945 persons to the COVID-19 infection.

“The figures show that Nigeria is also sadly approaching the symbolic 1,000 number of fatalities, a grim reality that should be a wake-up call for us. Many more Nigerians today personally knew a person who succumbed to COVID-19, and so I ask that we remind ourselves today that COVID-19 is still with us and will be for a long time. Until there is a vaccine, the only options we have to protect ourselves, are still the non-pharmaceutical measures that are proved to be cheap and effective, such as the appropriate use of face masks, physical distancing and avoiding crowds. If we do not adhere, there could be regrets,” he said.

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