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60% of people from the South East don’t see COVID-19 as an issue – PTF



The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has said that despite the increase in outbreak, Nigerians are not taking the precautionary measures attached to it seriously.

The PTF National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu, who stated this on Monday also disclosed that a survey carried out shows that about 60 percent of the people from the South East geopolitical zone do not see the pandemic as an issue to worry about.

INSIDE REPORT had reported that Dr. Aliyu, has said that Nigerians do not use nose masks except to avoid security agents or where they are told to do so.

He said: ”Nigerians have continued to show persistent and remarkable lack of compliance to COVID19 prevention protocols which is quite worrying.

“In the cities where the adherence to these protocols were high in the initial two weeks of the ease lockdown, progressively over time, citizens are letting down their guards and this remains of great concern. There is partial to total non-compliance to face mask and physical distancing protocols by the public. Many Nigerians only use their facemask either to avoid security agents or where they are told to do so.

“There is also significant disbelief in the danger and impact of COVID19. In parts of the South East where we did a survey, 60% did not believe that COVID was an issue at all.

“We clearly are not taking the pandemic seriously enough.”

Yusuf Luka, is a journalist by profession, He is a graduate of Bingham University. Outside of work, He enjoys hiking with friends, Reading books, and Watching movies. Let's connect on social media.