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80 foreign travellers arrive Nigeria with Coronavirus-PTF

Sani Aliyu

 

80 foreign travellers who arrived Nigeria since the reopening of international flight tested positive to the coronavirus seven days after their arrival.

The National coordinator of the presidential task force (PTF), Sani Aliyu who revealed this said that there were 80 positive Coronavirus cases recorded out of the 2,403 tests carried out on international travellers.

Aliyu disclosed this on Tuesday September 29, while harping on the need for travellers to undergo another Coronavirus test seven days after arriving the country.

The coordinator noted that the patients arrived in the country with a negative PCR test, but that a repeat test would have been unnecessary if the country had a system of enforcement of isolation such that everybody coming into the country self-isolated effectively for two weeks.

He directed international travellers to undergo Coronavirus tests only in private laboratories listed on the travel portal of the government.

His words;;

“Of the 2,403 passengers that were tested in Lagos when we started the exercise, 80 were positive. Meanwhile, they had negative COVID-19 PCR test.

“No federal government agency is receiving these funds. The negotiation for the cost is between the state governments and the private labs themselves.

“The charges range between N35,600 for the Kano portal which we are just about to operationalise to N50,400 for Lagos.”

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