By G9ija

The Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 said on Thursday that 12 , 500 out of the 66 , 000 prospective corps members for the 2020 Batch B mobilisation had so far undergone test for the disease .

The National Coordinator of the PTF, Sani Aliyu , said this at the taskforce ’ s briefing in Abuja .

“ We have commenced the process of testing corps members . In fact , we have already tested more than 12 , 500 NYSC corps members so far using Rapid Diagnostic Test Kit test with confirmatory PCR, ” he said .

Aliyu reminded international graduates who would be travelling into the country for the exercise of the need to undergo the seven days compulsory self – isolation before going into the NYSC orientation camp .

Aliyu , who advised against non – essential international travels during the pandemic , warned that the Federal Government would not relax the COVID – 19 protocols during the upcoming Christmas holidays .

He said , “ We know that we are going into the Christmas period . The PTF is already looking at steps to minimise the surge in passengers ’ numbers we see during this period . ”

Aliyu recalled that of the first 5 , 000 plus passengers tested on arrival into the country after international flights resumed , about 105 of them tested positive for the virus .

He said with about 5 , 000 to 7 , 000 passengers arriving the country everyday “ the potential is that we could have up to 150 new cases being introduced into the country everyday . ”