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PTF blames govs for COVID-19 guidelines, violations



THE Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has blamed governors, traditional and religious leaders for condoning COVID-19 protocols violations in many communities.

  The federal agency listed the mammoth crowds that gathered during electioneering campaigns in Edo State and burial of Senator

  Buruji Kashamu in Ogun State as serious breach on safety protocols.

The National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, dropped the hint at its national press briefing yesterday.

  According to him, the agency was dismayed by the development.

“I must say that we are dismayed with the level of compliance, when it comes to some of these activities. The issue is; we know that COVID-19 does not act like a proper pandemic. If you have a proper pandemic like Ebola, as I have always said, you will have dead bodies on the streets, people bleeding to death; that sharp factor is there and we do not need to do anything further to convince people to protect themselves and to do the right thing. We are faced with a pandemic that is an invisible enemy; we are faced with a pandemic where the majority of us would probably not have come across somebody with COVID-19,” Aliyu said.

He listed, apart from large crowds at the campaigns and at the burial, breaking social distancing rule and failure of many people to wear face masks as specific ways COVID-19 protocols were violated.

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