The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said it will not announce the coronavirus (COVID-19) test results of Nigerians recently evacuated from the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the public.
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Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of the NCDC, stated this at the daily press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday.
According to Ihekweazu, the results of the retunes will be shared only with them and not be made public.
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He added that the returnees are still in isolation undergoing the stipulated 14days of self-isolation.
“We are doing the test, even when the tests are out we are not going to offer it to you. We will offer it to the returnees. If they are patients we will manage that.
“We are not going to make public the results whether you just came back from Dubai or you are living in Nigeria. Results are meant for patients who got tested,” he said.
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No fewer than 253 Nigerians were recently evacuated from the UK by the Federal Government and 265 others evacuated from Dubai in the UAE due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Also, 160 Nigerians who were stranded in the US landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said it plans to evacuate more Nigerians back home from Canada, China and other countries in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.