COVID-19: Benue governor’s wife, son, Plateau governor's CoS test positive as Nigeria records 454 new cases

Eunice Ortom, wife of the governor of Benue state, has tested positive for coronavirus..

The Benue first lady broke the news on Friday night, saying her son and some staff have also contracted the disease.

“Few moments ago this evening, I received my result from the tests earlier carried out on me by NCDC personel on routine screening at Government House, Makurdi which returned that I, my son, and some staff are COVID-19 positive,” she said in a statement.

“We have from this moment, gone into total isolation as required by the protocol and would immediately begin the management treatment as advised by medical experts.

She advised those who have met her recently to go on isolation and make themselves available for COVID-19 test.

Mrs Ortom said the disease is not a death sentence, expressing confidence that she would recover soon.

The development comes after Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, wife of the Ondo governor, tested positive for the disease.

But unlike Ortom’s wife who made her COVID-19 status public, the Ondo first lady had said she is not under any obligation to make the public know if she has contracted the disease or not.

Also, Noel Donjur, chief of staff to Governor of Plateau,  has tested positive for COVID-19.

His COVID-19 status was confirmed in a statement issued on Friday by Dan Manjang, commissioner of information and communication.

The development comes two days after Abe Aku, Plateau commissioner for commerce and industry, tested positive for the disease.

Following the announcement of the commissioner’s status on Wednesday, the governor directed all members of the state executive council (SEC) to go into self-isolation and get tested.

But the commissioner of information said all other members of the SEC tested negative for COVID-19.

“The Chief of Staff to the Plateau State Governor, Noel Donjur, has tested positive for COVID-19 after the test that was conducted for members of the State EXCO on 1st July, 2020 following the directive of Governor Lalong,” the statement read.

“The outcome of the tests indicate that all other members of the State EXCO tested negative except the Chief of Staff who is asymptomatic and in good condition.

“Accordingly, health officials have commenced treatment for him at one of the isolation centres in the State capital, Jos, while members of his family and other contacts are being traced and tested.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday night reported 454 new cases COVID-19, bringing the total confirmed infections in the country to 27,564.

Within the past week, the country has recorded between 560 and over 700  cases, with the highest count ever of 790 new cases confirmed on July 1, 2020.

Meanwhile, the number of discharged persons increased from 10,801 to 11,069, while the fatality figure rose from 616 to 628.

According to the NCDC situation report, there is still a higher rate of infections among males, with well over 17,000 confirmed positive, while less than 10,000 females have COVID-19.

However, over 140,000 samples have now been tested across the country.

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