Six hundred and eighty-four out of the 14,906 Nigerians so far evacuated from various parts of the world have tested positive for COVID-19, revealing that nearly 80% of the evacuees are youths.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force of the COVID-19 pandemic and Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, disclosed this during Thursday’s briefing in Abuja, Daily Times gathered.
Mustapha while identifying youths on international youth day said: “The PTF is pleased to associate with the celebration of the International Youth Day 2020 under the theme ‘Youth Engagement for Global Action’ which seeks to recognize the immense contributions and role of young people in achieving sustainable peace and development across all levels.
“Implicit in this is the need to galvanise engagement of youths to significantly enhance peacebuilding to promote social cohesion in this era of social distancing and collective fight in containing the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The PTF appreciates all our young people who have stepped out and are contributing to the fight against the pandemic and implore others yet to do so, to join this fight with all the necessary passion their youthful energy can bring to bear. I am sure that our risk communication and community engagement strategy would gain a lot of mileage if the various youth organisations and the youths themselves heed this call.
“It might interest you to note that of the 14,906 evacuees received during this COVID-19 pandemic, close to 80% are youths for which we are glad that only 684 tested positive to the coronavirus out of the 13,844 so far tested.
“In the coming days, we hope to receive more evacuees from different parts of the world.”
While noting that the country has effectively entered the second week of the extended eased lockdown phase, he said the PTF continues to monitor global and national trends in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.