About 21 batch B stream I prospective corps members posted to Taraba state for their orientation course have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

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An official of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) told the Punch that the cases were detected during the scheme’s compulsory COVID-19 test carried out on prospective corps members and visitors to the orientation camp.

According to the official, the affected prospective corps members have been taken to the isolation centre situated within the camp at Sibre close to Jalingo, the state capital.

“We are not allowed to speak to the press on any issue. As far as COVID-19 is concerned, only the National Secretariat can comment,” the source was quoted as saying.

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“But in confidence, I can confirm to you that we have 21 positive cases of COVID-19 in our camp in Sibre, but there is no course for alarm.

“All the 21 cases are from prospective corps members who have not been admitted in the camp.

“From the gate where they tested positive, they were taken to the isolation centre in the camp where they are being treated. After some time, their sample will be taken again to test their status.

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“From the information available to us in the camp, once they tested negative, they will be allowed to join the rest of the corps members.”

The NYSC has yet to react the development as of the time of this report.

Nigeria has recorded 173,908 cases of the novel disease and 2,149 deaths since last year.

A total of 164,994 people have recovered after treatment — representing 94.8 percent of total cases confirmed in the country so far.

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