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PTF To Review Policy As 138 NYSC Members Test Positive For COVID-19

Following the increase in COVID-19 Cases across the country, the Presidential Task Force against the virus says it may review its policy. 

The National Coordinator of the PTF, Sanni Aliyu, stated this on Monday. 
 While speaking, he warned against non -essential travels and warned that government would not hesitate to review its policy if importation of infections was noticed. 

The  COVID-19 Cases seen to have spike with the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu  revealing that 138 prospective members of the National Youth Service Corps tested positive for COVID – 19.

He said; “A total of 34,785 corps members and members of the camp communities have been tested so far in the last weeks of which only 138 was found positive, which is 0.4 per cent prevalence and 1 in 200 people,” he said.

But in his reaction, Dr. Sanni Aliyu noted that, “At the moment, we have a lot of travel restrictions going on in Europe and other places. If numbers continue to increase and we notice importation of infections, we will review our policy. 

“I am not saying we will ban flights but I am also saying that we will do everything necessary to protect ourselves from a surge.

“So, if you don’t want to be stranded whether in Nigeria or outside the country, think again about travelling over this period. If it is not essential, stay put. There will be other seasons, there will be other celebrations especially with vaccines now being available across the board it is very likely that travels will be sorted, so all the testing and monitoring will go away.”

Aliyu said the PTF had compiled the list of the first 300 passengers that have not done the test up to day 14.

“We are going to streamline these results and create a COVID – 19 restriction list for passengers that have not abided by our protocols and these passengers will not be allowed to fly for a period of six months.

“We hope that we don’t have to continue doing this and people will continue to comply with our protocol,” he said. 

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