PTF raises the Alarm, says some international travellers presenting fake COVID-19 results


The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has raised the alarm that international travellers from some countries, who are COVID-19 positive, have been making their way into the country by presenting fake PCR results.

The National Coordinator of the Task Force, Dr Sani Aliyu, disclosed this on Tuesday, in response to the joint Senate committees on Health and Aviation on the testing procedures, following the reopening of the Nigerian airspace to international flights.

According to him, in one instance, up to 40 per cent of passengers in a single flight tested positive for COVID-19 despite having tested negative before boarding from their respective countries.

Consequently, Aliyu said an adjustment had been made to the validity period of PCR tests to be presented before boarding from seven to four days.

On its part, the Senate said it was worried about the low number of laboratories in the country.

They, however, promised that the request for 52 labs would be made in the 2021 budget.




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