- The rumour that Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo contracted coronavirus at a PDP rally in Ibadan has been denied
- The claim was debunked by Makinde's chief press secretary, Taiwo Adisa, on Tuesday, March 31
- Adisa revealed that the governor tested positive for the disease after having contact with persons in Abuja who had been infected with it
Taiwo Adisa, the chief press secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo, has denied claims that his principal contracted coronavirus at a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally held in Ibadan.
Describing the report as false, Adisa said that Makinde got infected with the virus in Abuja in a meeting where he had contact with persons who later tested positive for the disease, The Nation reports.
The governor's spokesperson categorically stated: “The governors went back to Abuja the following day and they held a series of meetings.
"The governor had contact with people that are known. So, we should not politicise an issue like this. Some of the people he met in Abuja during the meeting tested positive for the virus."
He insisted that Makinde, after the PDP rally, did not show any symptom of the disease as purported.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Makinde tested positive for coronavirus. Legit.ng gathered that the governor confirmed this via his Twitter handle @seyiamakinde, on the evening of Monday, March 30.
Makinde said he had handed over his duties in charge of the task force to the former chief medical director, University College Hospital (UCH), Professor Temitope Alonge.
In the meantime, he said he would continue to self-isolate, expressing hope that he would recover fully.
“Please continue to comply with all the directives from the COVID-19 Task Force. Stay home, stay safe," he added.
In another post, Legit.ng reported that the war against coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit a massive breakthrough as Oyo government confirmed the discharge of the index case in the state.
Adisa made this known in a statement on Monday, March 30, the Nation reports. According to Adisa, the index case was discharged after the completion of his treatment at the Agbami Chest Hospital Isolation Centre in Ibadan.
He stressed that the patient, an American returnee, tested negative to two consecutive coronavirus tests.
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