Some international travellers presenting fake COVID-19 results – PTF

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

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Daily Times Nigeria gathered that the National Coordinator of the task force, Dr Sani Aliyu, raised this on Tuesday, in response to the joint Senate committees on Health and Aviation on the testing procedures, following the reopening of the international airspace.

Giving an  instance, Aliyu said 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, Aliya said an adjustment has 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 is worried about the low number of laboratories in the country. They, however, promised that the request for 52 labs will be made in the 2021 budget.

After about five months of being on lockdown due to the pandemic, International flights resumed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Saturday.

The first flight arrived from Lebanon, at about 2:30 pm and passengers did not disembark in the usual way.

They went through the finger and they were batched in twenties to the port of entry, in line with the Federal Government’s COVID-19 protocols.

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