The secretary to the govern- ment of the federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has disclosed that of the 13,844 evacuees test- ed during this COVID-19 pan- demic, 684 tested positive to the virus.
He stated this yesterday dur- ing the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COV- ID-19 in Abuja.
According to him, “it might interest you to note that of the 14,906 evacuees received during this COVID-19 pandemic, close to 80 per cent are youths for which we are glad that only 684 tested positive to the coronavirus of the 13,844 so far tested.
“In the coming days, we hope to receive more evacuees from differ- ent parts of the world,” he said.
Globally, the SGF who is also the chairman of the PTF said that the world had continued to pur- sue the search for a vaccine with over 1,000 trials on-going and dif- ferent claims of levels of success.
He noted particularly, the announcement by the President of Russia on the breakthrough in the development of a vaccine even as the PTF studies the developments.
He said that fighting the pan- demic successfully will take a global effort and Nigeria will not be left out whenever and wherever progress is made.
Meanwhile, the minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said that more than 70 per cent of all the COVID-19 tests con- ducted in the country had been in nine states, with 25 per cent of the tests in Lagos State alone.
The states include Lagos, Kano, FCT, Plateau, Oyo, Kaduna, Edo Ogun and Rivers.
The minister, who disclosed this yesterday at the PTF) briefing on COVID-19, in Abuja, expressed the ministry’s commitment to working with state governments to ramp up case findings and sample collection activities.
Ehanire noted that the pandemic has had its impact on young people, adding that 46 per cent of positive cases in the country were young people between ages 21-40.