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The Federal Government has asked all Nigerians to join hands in curtailing the spread of coronavirus in the country by following and adhering to rules set out by relevant authorities especially in travels, hygiene and social distancing.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire who made the demand on Nigerians, during the daily briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, also warned that situation may get out of hand if rules are not obeyed.

The minister also warned Nigerians to desist from self-medication, stating that available records show that most of the deaths recorded were as a result of adoption of home based remedies by victims before seeking medical intervention.

“1,644 patients have been treated and discharged from care, but we have sadly recorded 191 deaths in 26 states and the FCT.

“Even though this figure seems low compared to other countries, a disturbing picture emerging from statistics is that not only are most fatalities observed to be linked with preexisting diseases, many are educated, well-to-do people, who chose home-based care, where they develop sudden complication and have to be rushed to hospital,” the Minister said.

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