January 24, 2021

PTF: Over 20,000 travelers who came into the country refused to show up for post arrival test

PTF: Over 20,000 travelers who came into the country refused to show up for post arrival test

The presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 says 20,216 in-bound travelers have refused to show up for the post arrival test they signed up, thereby endangering members of the country.

Boss Mustapha, chairman of the PTF and secretary to the government of the federation, disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja on Monday.

According to him, the PTF has concluded arrangements with the Nigeria Immigration Service ” to impose sanctions on these defaulters for breaching the public health protocols, within ambit of the law.”

“As at date, 163,818 inbound travellers have been captured on the portal; Out of this number, 77,025 (47%) made payment for post arrival testing; 64,405 (84%) of the number are due for post-arrival test; Out of 44,189 (69%) that were due for post-arrival test, 44,189 representing (59%) of those tested. 20,216 (31%) have not shown up for post arrival test thereby endangering members of the community and breaching the protocols they signed up to. 8,” he said.

“The PTF has concluded arrangements with the Nigeria Immigration Service to impose sanctions on these defaulters for breaching the public health protocols, within ambit of the law. The PTF has concluded arrangements with the Nigeria Immigration Service to impose sanctions on these defaulters for breaching the public health protocols, within ambit of the law.”

In recent days, Nigeria has witnessed a rise in the cases of COVID-19 in what appears to be the second wave of the virus.

On December 17, 1,145 cases were recorded in one single day — which is the highest daily toll ever.

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The PTF chairman said schools will remain closed from December 18, 2020 till at least January 18, 2021.

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