Covid-19: Plateau tests 4,422 civil servants, confirms 174 positive

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Plateau experiencing community transmission, officials say

Officials in Plateau State say they have screened 4,422 civil servants and found 174 positive for Covid-19.

The tests currently ongoing follow a directive by the State Governor, Simon Lalong that all staff of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies be screened for the virus.

Plateau is so far the first Nigerian State to go on mass testing of Civil Servants, Prof. Danladi Atu, the Secretary to the Government of the State said, Tuesday.

The State currently recording “community transmission” of the virus, Prof. Atu said as of July 28, 2020, had tested a total of 14,816 people, out of which 10,922 results have returned.

Pending results according to him are 3,894 while 982 have tested positive.

Total number of people on admission is 221 with Riyom Trauma Hospital treating 18, Jos University Teaching Hospital having 64, Plateau Specialists Hospital 70 and Bingham University Teaching Hospital 7, said the Official.

“About 145 are on home management while the remaining are being moved to treatment centers. All those on admission are doing fine and responding to treatment.

“The implication of these statistics is that there are increasing number of those infected with the disease in the State which is a result of the increase in testing capacity,” Atu told Journalists in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.

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