80 International Travelers Tested Positive For COVID-19 Seven Days After Arriving Nigeria – PTF

PTF Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu
PTF Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu

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

The PTF stated this on Tuesday September 29, while stressing the need for travellers to undergo another coronavirus test seven days after arriving the country.

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

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

Aliyu said;

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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