The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed that 138 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) had tested positive to COVID-19 so far.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of the NCDC confirmed this whilst addressing the public in a national briefing on Monday. He also stated that none of those who tested positive were allowed into the camps.
In a statement released by Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, he confirmed that 34,785 corps members and camp communities members have been tested with 138 positive cases which represents a 0.4% infection rate.
“It means one out of two hundred people,” Dr. Chikwe said.
He also stated that the positive cases were either managed at home or in a treatment centre, depending on if they had symptoms and what state they were in.
The NCDC DG also highlighted on safety measures for reopening of tertiary institutions saying that the next challenge would be how to work closely with the education sector as talks between the Federal Government and academic staffs looks progressive.
“Universities are slightly riskier and present unique challenges, but we are confident that we can address this as we have done in other sectors like aviation,” He said.
NYSC camps were recently reopened for orientation activities after a long spell of lockdown following the COVID-19 outbreak in the Nation.