138 NYSC members test positive for COVID-19, NCDC Boss Reveals


The Director-General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed that a total of 138 members of the National Youth Service Corps have tested positive for COVID-19.

Ihekweazu stated this on Monday, November 23, while speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID19, in Abuja. NYSC camps were reopened on November 10 after been shut for months due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Ihekwazu said the safe reopening of the NYSC orientation camps across the country were successful and that none of the prospective corps members who tested positive was allowed into the camps.

”A total of 34,785 corps members and members of the camp communities have been tested so far in the last weeks of which only 138 was found positive, which is 0.4 percent prevalence and 1 in 200 people,” he said

The NCDC boss added that those who tested positive were either managed at home or in a treatment centre depending on if they had symptoms and what state they were in.