- Eight Nigerian ministers have been reportedly tested for coronavirus as the Covi-19 cases in the country increase
- The results of the test are expected to be available on Thursday, March 26
- Some of the minsters tested are reportedly among those managing the COVID-19 pandemic for the country
Eight ministers, including a female, and some top government officials were on Wednesday, March 25, tested for coronavirus to determine their status.
The Nation reports that more ministers will take their turns after the results of this batch might have been released.
Legit.ng gathers that the results are expected on Thursday, March 26.
It was learnt that some of the ministers included a few involved in managing the COVID-19 pandemic for the country.
The blood samples of the ministers were reportedly taken by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Although the list was kept under wraps in line with the relevant guidelines, the ministers are expected to be communicated on Thursday.
“The import of the test is to ensure that those in charge of the pandemic also have a clean bill of health. Where they need care themselves, the government will take necessary measures," The Nation quoted a source whose name was not revealed.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed five new cases of the raging coronavirus in the country as Rivers state gets its first case.
According to the NCDC, two of the new cases are in Lagos, two are in Abuja while the remaining one is in Rivers state. With the new confirmed cases, Nigeria now has 51 cases with two patients discharged and one death, as of Wednesday evening, March 25.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the governor of Niger state, Abubakar Sani Bello, had gone on self-isolation after possible exposure to some of Nigeria's confirmed coronavirus cases.
Governor Bello took the decision to self-isolate following his presence at the Nigeria Governors’ Forum meeting which was held on Wednesday, March 18.
Legit.ng notes that the meeting was attended by a lot of Governors, including Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, who has tested positive for Covid-19.
Mary Noel Berje, Governor Bello's media aide, said the Niger state governor has been tested and is now awaiting his status as he self-isolates.
Member of Governor Bello's family have also undergone the test and are waiting for their results.
The governor has also instructed his close aides and cabinet members who might have had contact with him to self-isolate.
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