COVID-19: FG to reach 11 million Nigerians with palliative

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The Federal Government said it plans to reach more than 11 million Nigerians with palliative to cushion the harsh effects of Coronavirus.

Also, the government has said it will continue to increase capacity to test for cases of the  virus on weekly basis.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk,  at the daily media briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, disclosed that internally displaced persons in the Northeast part of the country  have  received two months rations of relief materials.

She said the government already had a social-register with details of those considered as the vulnerable in society in 35 states of the federation, adding that these people belong to around 2.6 million households across the country.

The Director-General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control , Dr Chike Ihekweazu said Nigeria would continue to develop capacity to test for COVID-19, although it presently has capacity to test up to 1,000 people this week.