The Presidency has scaled down the coverage of the State House by media houses to 13 due to the coronavirus spread.
A statement by the Director of Information, State House, Attah Esa, said the Presidency had scaled down the number of staff in other departments as well, noting that “over 100” correspondents gathering for work daily was not in line with the social distancing rule and overcrowding. And that the restrictions take effect from today.
The statement noted that the decision was in compliance with the “social distancing” rule and accommodation of not more than 50 persons at any gathering until further notice as the coronavirus incident indicates.”
The 13 media houses allowed to have access to the Villa henceforth are Deutsche Welle, NTA, Channels TV, TVC, FRCN, VON, NAN, The Sun, ThisDay, Leadership, Daily Trust, The Guardian and Vanguard.
This is coming after Tuesday report that the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, and three of his members of staff, tested positive for coronavirus.