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COVID-19: Kogi Declared High-risk State




Kogi State has been declared a high-risk state as far as the COVID-19 pandemic is concerned.

The Federal Government classified the state as such following its failure to acknowledge the existence of the disease, report tests or build isolation centres.

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, announced the classification on Monday, February 1, and warned Nigerians to beware of visiting the state.

Recall that the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello had recently sparked controversy, stating that the COVID-19 vaccine was meant to kill its users.

Bello had said: “Vaccines are being produced in less than one year of COVID-19. There is no vaccine yet for HIV, malaria, cancer, headache and for several other diseases that are killing us. They want to use the (COVID-19) vaccines to introduce the disease that will kill you and us. God forbid.

“If they say they are taking the vaccines in the public, allow them take their vaccines. Don’t say I said you should not take it but if you want to take it open your eyes before you take the vaccines.”

Meanwhile, while reacting to Bello’s position, the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) dissociated itself from the statement by  Bello about coronavirus conspiracy theories.

“On the ill-fated pronouncement made by a member of the Forum regarding the COVID-19 vaccine in a national daily, the Forum totally and categorically dissociated itself from the statement, emphasising that the Forum will continue to be informed and guided by science and will ensure that every decision it takes retains public and professional trust and is not compromised by conflicts of interest.”





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