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18 NYSC members test positive for COVID-19 in Niger State



NO FEWER than 18 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in Niger State have tested positive for COVID-19 among those that reported for orientation camp in the state and have already been placed on isolation.

  Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mohammed Sani Idris disclosed this in Minna while briefing the media.

  The latest surge in both deaths and infections, as well as the ongoing doctors’ strike, is of particular concern to health experts and government officials, who plead with Nigerians to observe all necessary non-pharmaceutical protocols, with a particular appeal to Nigerians not to allow fatigue to set in.

  The Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos State, Gbenga Omotosho, yesterday appealed to residents of the state to be cautious in their conduct.

  In a related development, head of African Union’s health watchdog, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), John Nkengasong, yesterday revealed that he was battling COVID-19 but had survived the worst thanks to the jab he got in April.

  While urging the continent to fight vaccine hesitancy, he said: “I came down with COVID-19 last week despite my vaccination and if I had not been vaccinated earlier, I would not be here by now, an audibly ill Nkengasong told reporters in the online briefing.”

  The Camerounian virologist added: “The severity of the attack is unbearable. The headaches, fever… every part of your body is affected. Vaccines save lives and there is no doubt about that.

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