The coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF), Dr Sani Aliyu  has declared Plateau State as the new Coronavirus  hotspot with multiple confirmed  cases in the state.

Sani Aliyu at the PTF daily briefing on Monday in Abuja cited  the increased rate of testing as the reason for the rise in the level of confirmed cases in the state.

He urged other states to increase their level of testing so positive cases can be treated in earnest.

“We are seeing a gradual shift in the areas of high infection burden, with Plateau reporting the highest number of confirmed cases.

 “Of course, this can be related to increased testing by citizens of the state. “However, we also need to look at the flip side that there are a number of highly undetected cases lying around which we need to discover and deal with early, “ he said.

He also spoke on the resumption of international flights as arriving passengers must have tested negative for COVID-19 very close to their flight date.

He said that they would also be required to undergo another COVID-19 test eight days after arrival in Nigeria.

The coordinator noted  that the other requirements included registration on the Nigeria International Travel Portal where payment for the second test would be made, and filling of health declaration form online. 

He warned that failure to comply with a second COVID-19 test in Nigeria will result in a potential six months ban.

He added that the person would be blacklisted by the Nigeria Immigration Service and security agencies, and some other punishments will be meted out to such individuals .


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