The Presidential Taskforce on Coronavirus has disclosed that they are on the trail of about 4,370 people who might have had contact with the persons who tested positive for Coronavirus in the country.

A member of the taskforce and minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made the disclosure on Thursday at a press briefing in Abuja.

According to him, these contacts must be tamed before reaching the level of community spread.

“We have 4,370 people of interest whom we are tracing. We urge those who have had contact with suspected cases to immediately report to the authorities.

“We urge Nigerians to support the authorities in this regard. We are on the verge of reaching the level of community spread.

We must stop this immediately or we will record exponential cases in the days ahead. There is no better way to say this,” Mr Mohammed said.

The minister commended the decision of at least five domestic airlines – Air Peace, Aero, Azman, Dana and Arik – to suspend their flight operations, saying that the suspension was a boost for the efforts of the government to check the spread of the pandemic.

“Some of the airlines have also announced one form of support or another for the government’s efforts to tackle the pandemic.

“This is very commendable. We are aware of more private sector support to the FG and will be announcing this after full compilation.

“We seek the support and cooperation of more capable individuals and organizations in order to defeat this pandemic,” Mr Mohammed stated.


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