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New demands from the north as coronavirus cases increases

President Muhammadu Buhari has been called on by northern governors to intervene as their states record more Coronavirus cases.

According to the data released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control most Northern states are listed among the top ten states in Nigeria with the highest cases of COVID-19.

The governors in a statement released after the Northern States Governors Forum held a teleconference on Wednesday called on the federal government to supply more relief materials in order to curb the spread of the virus.

“We would continue to follow the laid-down protocol for “profiling, quarantining, testing, transportation, handing and taking over as well as reintegration of almajiris.”

“The earlier decision by governors to purchase COVID-19 Mobile Testing Vans which have already been ordered to boost testing of more citizens especially in the rural areas was maintained.”

“On enforcing the closure of inter-state boundary roads, the Northern Governors again expressed disappointment that despite several measures taken, including presidential orders, people still move from one state to another through compromise and use of illegal routes.”

“The forum resolved to continue their appeal to the Federal Government for support to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, as the northern region now has about 54% of the national cases and 70 per cent of new infections.”

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