COVID-19: We are supporting NYSC in Abia with full epidemiological team – State govt

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The Abia State Government says its attention has been drawn to social media publications regarding the ongoing compulsory testing for COVID-19 of all potential National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members in the state prior to camping.

The Government, in a press release signed by the State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu and forwarded to DAILY POST on Tuesday, restated that it is fully supporting the Corps with a full epidemiological team and the rapid response system.

According to the release, “So far, we have recorded only six positive cases of the disease among those tested and they have been managed and/or discharged as applicable.

“Testing and surveillance processes continue throughout the camping period and beyond”.

In a related development, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has urged Nigerians not to conduct usual Christmas festivities such as carol services this year.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), stated this during the weekly briefing of the task force in Abuja on Monday.

According to Ihekweazu, Christmas carols, travels and other gatherings during the festive season could turn out to be “super spreaders” of the coronavirus.

NCDC on Monday night announced 145 new cases of COVID-19 in the country.

The new infections take the number of cases in the country to 67,557.

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