No fewer than 765 members of the National Youth Corps, NYSC, have tested positive for the ravaging coronavirus disease.
Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, revealed this on Monday during the weekly press briefing on COVID-19, he said 22,119 corps members in the current stream across the country were tested for the virus where 765 results came back positive.
“Out of 22,119 prospective corp members tested in orientation camps in the current stream, 765 have tested positive for COVID-19 using the new antigen-based rapid test kits (RDTs) in Nigeria,” Ihekweazu added.
Nigeria on Monday reported 1,430 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total confirmed cases to 121,566, 98,359 discharged and 1,507 deaths.
However, the Nigerian government has said it will shut down NYSC orientation camps that fail to comply with protocols put in place to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, while speaking at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Monday, said the government was concerned about the number of corps members recently infected with the virus.