731 NYSC Members in Batch B Test Positive for COVID-19

Chairman of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Nigeria and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Coronavirus (COVID-19), Boss Mustapha, has revealed that no fewer than 731 of the 34,418 Batch B members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in 2020, tested positive for the deadly disease.

Speaking on Tuesday at a briefing by the task force, Mustapha said corps members across the country took COVID-19 tests.

According to him, “In continuation of the NYSC engagement, PTF has conducted the testing of Batch B Corp members using RDTs. Out of the 35,419 in the Batch B, 731 tested positive compared to 108 recorded during the Batch A.


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“It is on record that cases were recorded from Corp members from every state of the federation.”

Besides, PTF chairman expressed concern about the 1,204 cases recorded on Monday, the highest number of daily infections in the country.

While attributing the surge to the Christmas festivities, Mustapha said: “Yesterday (January 4), we recorded 1,204 infections. This was the highest daily number ever recorded since we commenced the national response.

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“From our analysis, we are beginning to see the effect of activities carried out during the Christmas festivities. We can only hope that numbers will not escalate beyond control. We, however, still appeal to all citizens to take full responsibility through compliance and vigilance.”

Idowu Sowunmi