Covid-19: State House heightens precaution measures

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New precautionary measures have been put in place at the State House by the government for visitors intending to gain access to the Presidential Villa.

This was in the wake of the recent outbreak of coronavirus pandemic at the seat of power

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, while addressing journalists said new protective measures have been put in place at the State House to ward off a resurgence of the infection in and around the President.

He said: “Yes, a new regime of COVID-19 regulation has been put in place for all visitors to the Villa, not for governors alone.

“Every visitor to the Villa, not just those seeing the President, is now required to do a rapid test at the gate. The kits are freely issued so no one is required to make payment. This is purely temporary in view of the recent spike in cases, and will be removed any moment the situation abates. It’s a growing practice in government offices in many countries.”

The Presidential aide said in spite the new measures, certain categories of people who may be visiting the villa would be exempted from the fresh conditions.

“Although some exceptions have been made for a few leaders in government coming from outside the Villa, they too are encouraged to do those tests. This policy has rightfully been justified following the discovery of COVID-19 positivity in some of those tested since the last few days of the practice,” he added.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, the fatality toll, as at Monday stands at 3,039, while the infection toll has increased to 243,450.

In the latest update, the number of people who are currently down with COVID-19 infections has increased to 25,111, while 215,352 have successfully been treated and discharged nationwide.

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