The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said that about 138 prospective members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) tested positive for coronavirus.
Ihekweazu, who said that the safe reopening of the NYSC orientation camps across the country was successful, added that none of the prospective NYSC members that tested positive were allowed into the camps.
The NCDC DG said this during the PTF on COVID-19 press conference in Abuja.
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.”
Ihekweazu furhter revealed that those that tested positive were either isolated at home or in a treatment centre.
Commenting on the reopening of universities, Ihekweazu said the PTF is already working with education stakeholders to ensure safe reopening of higher institutions.
He said, “Universities have proved to be slightly risky; it has its unique challenges, but we are confident that we can address this as we have done in other sectors like aviation.”
Meanwhile, the National Coordinator of the PTF, Sanni Aliyu, warned against unnecessary traveling by Nigerians, stating that the government may be forced to review current traveling policy if numbers continue to increase and the PTF notices importation of infections.