COVID-19: All 215 UK returnees test negative, discharged

COVID-19: All 215 UK returnees test negative, discharged

- It was celebration galore at the Abuja isolation center housing Nigerian returnees from the UK as they all tested negative to the coronavirus

- The report has it that the 215 returnees from the UK received a clearance certificate from the NCDC

- The returnees who came into the country on May 8 have spent the mandatory 14 days in isolation

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All 215 returnees from the UK have been cleared by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), at their Abuja Isolation Center.

According to the clearance certificate from the NCDC, all the returnees tested negative to the coronavirus.

The Nation reports that they were all subsequently discharged.

Earlier reports had it that there were agitations in the early hours of Saturday, May 23, as the UK returnees housed in the isolation center gathered in front of the hotel to protest the continued delay in their COVID-19 test result.

As early as 7:30 am Saturday morning, returnees began to gather in their numbers, insisting that they had spent the mandatory 14 days in isolation.

Legit.ng had reported that the Nigerians from the UK arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 13:45 pm on Friday, May 8, and were lifted to Abuja to be quarantined for 14 days in accordance with the protocols of the NCDC.

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It was made known that they would only be allowed to leave for their destinations after the completion of their isolation period, while those who exhibit traces of Covid-19 symptoms will be subjected to test and treatment.

In other news, the federal government said that it would not be publishing the coronavirus test results of Nigerian returnees from Dubai, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

NCDC boss, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, on Thursday, May 14, in Abuja, said: "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. 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.

Meanwhile, Nigerians residing in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Thailand, who have indicated an interest in returning home, were asked to pay for flight, accommodation and feeding before they can be evacuated.

The Nigerian embassies in the three countries informed intending evacuees that they will pay N297,000 each.

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