Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Visits Aso Villa, Keeps Mum

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The Presidential Task Force for the control of coronavirus (COVID-19), led by its Chairman, Mr Boss Mustapha, on Tuesday, visited the State House, Abuja, amid speculation of a suspected case of the virus.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the Presidential Task Force, which arrived the Villa at about 2.18 p.m., inspected some offices including that of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari.

Mustapha and other members of the task force comprising ministers and health experts spent about 15 minutes inspecting the offices.

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When contacted for comment on their mission to the villa, the task force declined comments, saying Nigerians should await their usual press briefing.

On whether some staff of the State House have tested positive for the virus, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed passively stated that: “We don’t mention names in carrying out this responsibility. It’s a global practice so you don’t expect us to mention any name to you.”

After taking a careful look, the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha advised journalists to imbibe the culture of wearing face masks to protect themselves from the disease.

“You people should start wearing face mask, please. I can see that you are not taking this thing serious. Wear face masks, please. It is not a joke,’’ he said.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s statistics as at 2.00 pm on Monday 24, indicated that Nigeria confirmed 42 cases of COVID-19 in the country, with two patients discharged and one death. (NAN)

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