#COVID-19: Death Toll Rises to 240% AS 310 Inbound Travellers Test Positive


At least 310 out of the 13,641 international outbound passengers have tested positive for COVID-19 in two weeks, with death toll increasing by 240%.

Virologists have expressed some concern over the rate of infection among outbound passengers who, they feel, might have affected those around them.

They have gone on to compel the federal government to start a contact-trace of the infected passengers.

Recent COVID-19 epidemiological report curated on the NCDC website have revealed that the number of outbound passengers have risen astronomically.

A throwback to the 27th week of the epidemic (July 5 to July 11) showed that only 43 outbound passengers tested positive for the virus with 126 passengers testing positive in week 28 (July 12-July 18).

For week 29 (July 19 to July25), no fewer than 141 passengers have tested positive, making a total of 310 passengers as opposed the 59 positive passengers the previous month.

In week 29, the country recorded a total of five deaths with Akwa-Ibom recording three deaths; Ondo, three, and Rivers state, three.

The country also recorded the highest death toll since over three months in week 30 (July 26 to July 31).

Prof. Oyewale Tomori, Chairman, Expert Review Committee on COVID-19, said, “While I am sad, I will not say I am surprised. This was bound to happen. I am particularly concerned about Akwa-Ibom state. I have been monitoring their figures these past days, and I have not been comfortable. The sad thing about it is that they are not even on red alert. Now to the infected outbound passengers, this situation is actually worse than inbound passengers testing positive. For inbound passengers, they can still be curtailed at the airport, but for people who are travelling out of the country, definitely someone must have infected them. They would have also infected other people.”

An expert and Associate Professor of Virology at the Osun State University, Waidi Sule, said that the failure of people to follow the rules will result to greater loss and catastrophe.



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