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The Federal Government has expressed concern over the high rate of positive cases of the coronavirus disease, especially among top government officials.

Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, raised this concern at the 49th joint national briefing of the taskforce on Monday in Abuja.

According to Mustapha, this has a direct impact on governance and security of the nation.

“We urge that vigilance and care should be exhibited by all Nigerians, irrespective of status.

“This virus does not discriminate and the PTF shall keep sustaining its sensitisation messaging,’’ he said. The SGF said that as the nation progresses into the second phase of the eased lockdown, the national response continues to escalate its level of vigilance and monitoring, especially as government ease restrictions in more sectors, including those with potentials for large gatherings and/or interactions between groups of people.

“We are conscious of the fact that this could be misinterpreted to mean that the war against COVID-19 is over. “Let me emphasise that decision for further relaxation was cautiously taken by government to balance lives and livelihood.’’

He noted that the rising global and domestic statistics of cases and fatalities have shown that COVID-19 had not given any relaxation, thus the nation could not afford to slow down and must never compromise.

“Let us continue to learn from the history of pandemics by avoiding the mistakes of 1918.

“The PTF calls on all Nigerians to also remain vigilant and this call is underscored by global and national developments in the last one week, especially throughout the weekend. “In the last one week, we have witnessed a resurgence in countries that were noted as having successfully contained or containing the spread of the virus.

“The situation in Beijing and the United States should inform our individual and collective actions.

“Of course, such resurgence has led to the reintroduction of precision/location-specific lockdown in some areas such as parts of Galicia region, Catalonia and Spain,’’ Mustapha said.

According to him, the PTF, on Monday, met with the heads of security and defence agencies to review and chart a refined course in view of the fact that COVID-19 is a global health, socio-economic and security issue. Nigeria, the SGF said, must continue to evolve new strategies peculiar to her environment, even while working within global prescriptions.

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