The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has stated that it would not stop the repeat COVID-19 test being conducted on international travellers after seven days of their arrival to the country.
The National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, explained at Tuesday’s briefing in Abuja that a significant number of 80 out of the 2,403 tests carried out when the exercise began turned out to be positive.
Aliyu said this was despite the fact that the travelers who tested positive arrived in the country with a negative PCR test.
He further explained that the 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.
Aliyu also warned foreign travelers to pay to only laboratories on the travel portal of the government for their repeat tests adding that charges range between N35,600 for the Kano portal to N50,400 for Lagos.
Also, at the briefing, the Federal Government expressed fears about a possible surge in the number of COVID-19 cases unless there would be a scale-up surveillance and review of its response plan to integrate new ways to deal with the disease.
The government, however, said the number of active cases had continued to drop as it revised the discharge criteria in line with new knowledge of the disease.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, cautioned:, “As business and schools begin to open and as travels begin to pick up, we fear that we may have a surge in the number of cases unless we scale up surveillance and review our response plan to integrate new ways to deal with the disease.”
Nigeria currently has a total of 58,647 confirmed cases out of which 49,937 have been discharged with 1,111 deaths so far recorded