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11 NYSC members COVID-19 +ive in Taraba camp

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Over 200 arrested for face mask violation

FG may impose travel ban

ABOUT 11 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members have tested positive for COVID 19 at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Sibre, near Jalingo in Taraba State.

  Taraba State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai, disclosed this at a media briefing in Jalingo yesterday.

  According to him, all the affected corps members were isolated in a hotel following the vandalisation of the state isolation centre by hoodlums.

  In a related development, not fewer than 200 persons were yesterday arrested by Lagos Police Command for violating the recent lockdown measures announced by the state government in its efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

  Parading the suspects in Ikeja, Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu warned that anyone found outside without a face mask will be arrested.

  But federal government yesterday said it may impose a travel ban that may restrict entry into Nigeria from certain parts of the world.

  Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, dropped the hint in Abuja at a Special Forum with the media. He blamed the decision on government’s worries about new strains of COVID-19 currently mutating in United Kingdom (UK) and other countries in Europe and America.

  According to Mohammed, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 would meet over the new strain of COVID-19 to advise government on the best way to ward them from Nigeria as the country braces up for influx of people during the yuletide.

  “We are more concerned about the new strain of COVID-19 which is manifesting itself in UK and other countries. They call it the mutated strains. It is difficult to detect, it spreads faster and people have been known to die of it within a very short period of its detection.

This is a major concern to us as a country. While I do not want to pre-empt Presidential Task Force COVID-19 (PTF), because we are meeting this afternoon, it is going to be top on the agenda of our discussions.

I will not be surprised if that will be the recommendation of the committee which is meeting later today. This season, many students are coming from the UK in particular, to come and join their families in Nigeria. Besides, many of our people, because of the traditional link we have with the UK, may want to go there for business or family reunion,” he said.

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