The Presidential Task Force on the coronavirus pandemic has identified nine local governments areas as hosts of over 51 per cent of confirmed positive cases of the disease.
Chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapa, who revealed this during a briefing on Friday in Abuja, did not however list the areas but simply described them as high density.
He said this means that the way to tame the pandemic, beyond the prescribed guidelines, is to reduce large gatherings and sustain the restrictions on interstate movement.
He said: “Let me say that our preliminary analysis has narrowed down the over 51% of the total number of infected persons to nine local government areas across the country and all of them are densely populated.
“This indicates that a critical element of our taming this pandemic is to reduce opportunities for large gathering, sustaining the ban on inter-state movement, the nationwide curfew and complying with the measures prescribed (wash your hands as frequently as necessary; use hand sanitizers; maintain social distancing, use a face mask or covering in public places).”
He said in the coming days, the PTF will submit its recommendations to President Muhammadu Buhari for consideration.
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