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Spike in COVID-19: Soldiers to enforce use of face masks in Enugu

By Anayo Okoli

WORRIED by the care free attitude of citizens to wearing of face masks and other coronavirus, COVID-19 preventive measures, in the face of rising number of positive cases, Enugu State Government yesterday said it would engage the services of soldiers to enforce wearing of face masks.

The government said it was disturbed that some residents of the state still regard the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic as a scam, urging such people to have a rethink because the pandemic was real and killing people all over the world, including Enugu.

Addressing journalists, the Expert Medical Advisory Committee, EMAC, said Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi was concerned that people were dying mysteriously in the state and attributed the deaths to COVID-19 and not malaria as erroneously being claimed by some people.

The Chairman of the committee, Prof. Emmanuel Ejim, said people should no longer delude themselves that COVID-19 was a scam, saying it was killing people in Nigeria, including Enugu State hence the need for the governor to set up the committee to offer advice on the de-escalation of the outbreak which number of infected persons had spiked in the state.

The committee explained that the government was talking with the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Enugu, to authorize the engagement of soldiers to enforce the preventive measure, particularly, wearing of face mask as “the police have not been helpful, especially in the metropolis”.

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