109 NYSC corps members test positive for coronavirus

Anxiety is gradually mounting at the various camps of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) across the country over the surge in the COVID-19 cases among prospective corps members.

The NYSC had recently deployed members of the batch B stream I prospective corps to various states for their orientation course.

The scheme had also made COVID-19 test mandatory for the prospective corps members and visitors to the various camps.

According to newsmen, at least 109 prospective corps members have been diagnosed with the novel disease in the country so far.

The cases were said to have been recorded during the scheme’s compulsory COVID-19 tests at the various the orientation camps.

In Edo, about 17 corps members were said to have tested positive for the virus while 26 cases were recorded in Plateau state.

Gombe also reportedly recorded 25 cases while Sokoto and Ogun states have 14 and six cases respectively.

Newsmen had earlier reported how 21 prospective corps members also tested positive for the virus in Taraba state.

Amid the development, the NYSC at the state levels have inaugurated COVID-19 vanguard aimed at ensuring strict compliance with measures put in place to checkmate spread of the killer virus.

Abiodun Olubukola, Edo coordinator of NYSC, said corps members need to be enlightened as the country is witnessing a spike in infections.

“Corps members should not drop their guard as it is not yet over, especially now that the country is grappling with the third wave of the virus,” Olubukola had said.

So far, Nigeria has 175,264 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 165,122 recoveries since the pandemic started last year.

Efforts to get the reaction of Adenike Adeyemi, NYSC’s spokesperson, did not materialise as of the time of this report.

Adeyemi did not respond to calls or messages sent to her regarding the development.

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