- More Nigerians have continued to die from the coronavirus disease
- The NYSC is the latest government institution to suffer a casualty from the infection
- The federal government and the NCDC have been urging citizens to abide by all COVID-19 guidelines
A top staff of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has reportedly died of COVID-19, causing panic among other officials of the organisation.
The Punch reported that the late official developed coronavirus symptoms and died on Tuesday, February 2.
The publication stated that the deceased was a resident officer who was posted to the permanent orientation camp in Kano.
A spokesperson for the agency, Emeka Mgbemena told The Punch that the late official was tested by doctors and officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), who confirmed that he died of COVID-19.
He, however, stated that the deceased passed away outside the camp.
“Indeed, NYSC lost an officer. In keeping with COVID – 19 protocols, everyone, including the DG, must subject themselves to COVID-19 test. Only those that test negative are allowed into the camps.
“The officer in question was suspected of COVID-19. Accordingly, the NCDC took over the case. Sadly, he succumbed to the cold hands of death in the course of treatment. It is imperative to state that he did not step into the camp, neither did he die there too. May his soul rest in perfect peace.''
But some workers of the agency had accused the NYSC of not being transparent over the matter.
In another report, the Nigerian government said schools across the country may be shut again if COVID-19 positive cases continue to rise.
The presidential task force on COVID-19 made the statement in a video posted on its Twitter handle on Monday, February 1.
In the video, the national incident manager of the taskforce, Mukhtar Muhammed said the reopening of schools across the country should have been delayed till a later date.