International travelers now presenting fake COVID-19 negative results- PTF raises alarm

Some International travelers who are COVID-19 positive, are presenting fake COVID-19 PCR negative results, the Presidential Taskforce PTF on COVID-19 raise alarm.

The National Co-Ordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, says the fraudulent activities have been noticed in some of the test results presented on arrival in Nigeria.

He made this known when he and other members of the taskforce appeared before the Joint Senate Committee on Health and Aviation on the testing procedures following the reopening of the International airspace.

He said;

When we started the evacuation flights, the arrangement then was that people coming into the country will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR result, with the test validity put at the time in seven days.

There were indications from some specific countries where we had up to 40% of the passengers in the single flight coming in with a negative COVID-19 PCR result and subsequently being tested and found positive”

He added that 13 countries have been identified to have travelers with fake COVID-19 test results and the Federal government has written to the embassies to correct this anomaly.

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