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COVID-19: Nigeria’s Cases Surpass 28,000 as Eight Governors Fall Victim

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•603 Infections confirmed on Saturday

•Two Governors’ wives positive

•Benue Governor, Ortom, goes into isolation as wife, son, top aides test positive

Jude Johnson

Nigeria’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 28, 167 on Saturday as 603 new infections were announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Six deaths were recorded from the virus, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths from the virus to 634.

The health agency in a tweet Saturday night said the new cases were reported in 19 states.

The 603 new cases are reported from 19 states- Lagos, Edo, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Rivers, Delta, Ogun, Kaduna, Plateau, Osun, Ondo, Enugu, Oyo, Borno, Niger, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Kano, Sokoto and Abia.

There was an increase in the number of confirmed cases reported on Saturday (603) compared to what was reported on Friday (454).

Wednesday’s figure was the country’s highest yet.

All the reporting states already had at least a case of the virus.

As of the time of reporting, 35 states and the FCT have recorded at least a case of the disease. Only one state, Cross River, is yet to officially report any case of the virus although there are controversies about it.

Lagos remains the epicentre for the disease in the country. Zamfara has not reported any new confirmed case in the past 47 days.

“Till date, 28, 167cases have been confirmed, 11, 462 cases have been discharged and 634 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” the NCDC stated.

The 603 new cases were reported from 19 states: Lagos – 135, Edo – 87, FCT – 73, Rivers – 67, Delta – 62, Ogun – 47, Kaduna – 20, Plateau – 19, Osun – 17, Ondo – 16, Enugu – 15, Oyo – 15, Borno – 13, Niger – 6, Nasarawa – 4, Kebbi – 3, Kano – 2, Sokoto – 1 and Abia – 1.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria in February, NCDC said 148, 188 samples have so far been tested.

There are 16, 071 active cases of COVID-19 in the country so far, while 11, 562 have recovered and have been discharged.

A breakdown of the 28, 167 confirmed cases shows that Lagos State has so far reported 11, 045 cases, followed by FCT – 2,153, Oyo – 1,466, Edo – 1,353, Kano – 1,264, Delta – 1,227, Rivers – 1,181, Ogun – 974, Kaduna – 855, Katsina 579, Borno – 528, Bauchi – 516, Gombe – 513, Ebonyi – 438, Plateau – 421, Ondo – 410, Abia – 383, Enugu – 372, Imo – 352, Jigawa – 318, Kwara – 269, Bayelsa – 234, Nasarawa – 225, Osun – 165, Sokoto – 153, Niger – 122, Akwa Ibom – 104, Benue – 97, Adamawa – 89, Kebbi – 84, Zamfara – 76, Anambra – 73, Yobe – 61, Ekiti – 43, Taraba – 19, and Kogi — 5.

Umahi becomes 8th Nigerian Governor to test positive

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has invaded two further Government Houses Friday with Governor of Ebonyi State, Engineer Dave Umahi, along with his unnamed close aides, testing positive for the virus.

Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, on Tuesday announced he has tested positive for COVID-19. His wife, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, tested positive on Thursday, the same day that State Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, died of the virus.

Other Governors who tested positive but were treated and discharged of the virus include Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State.

Former Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, however died on June 26 of the virus complications.

Governor of Benue State, Mr Samuel Ortom on Saturday announced that he is going into isolation as three of his top political appointees, Secretary to the State Government, Professor Tony Ijohor and Chief of Staff, Mr Terwase Orbunde and State Head of Service, Mrs Veronica Onyeke have tested positive to the virus.

Infected Governors

Earlier, First Lady, Mrs Eunice Ortom, announced that her son and domestic staff have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease.

Mrs Ortom, said in a press statement she personally signed in Makurdi on Saturday morning said that the NCDC notified her of the development through her test result that returned positive on Friday evening.

As the Benue State First Lady proceeded into isolation alongside her son and one domestic staff, she appealed to everyone who came in contact with her in the last two weeks to go for COVID-19 test.

Governor Ortom told journalists in Makurdi. The Benue State capital, that the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Benue State University, Makurdi, Professor Godwin Achinge has also tested positive to the virus.

According to the Governor, “it is no longer news that my wife, one of my sons and staff tested positive to the virus too. The test was carried out about a week ago. When the result came out 35 persons in the State tested positive to the virus.

“My test result came out negative. But the medical officers said that another test will be carried out on me after three days. So, after this interaction I will isolate myself. I will be in isolation until I have clearance from the medical officers.

“COVID-19 is real and I enjoin my people to take the preventive measures seriously. I want my people to be alive and free from the disease. We have to stop the spread of the disease by maintaining all the COVID-19 protocols.”

The governor also urged Benue people to avail themselves for testing, stressing that the earlier the disease is detected the better.

“Even if one who tests positive to the disease has underlining ailments and the virus is detected early enough it will not kill the person. I want to repeat what my wife said in her statement that COVID-19 is not a death sentence. A lot of persons that tested positive have been treated and discharged,” he stated

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