- A former member of the House of Representatives, Rebecca Apedzan, has tested positive for COVID-19 in Benue
- This was revealed by Governor Samuel Ortom on Monday, May 11, while speaking at the Government House in Makurdi
- According to the latest data from the state government, Benue has 3 confirmed cases of coronavirus
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A third republic member of the House of Representatives and a former commissioner in Benue has emerged as the third case of COVID-19 in the state.
According to Daily Trust, Governor Samuel Ortom confirmed this on Monday, May 11, while speaking to newsmen at the Government House in Makurdi.
Ortom who announced the third incident said the victim Mrs. Rebecca Apedzan had attended a function at the Government House on Sunday, May 10.
The Benue state governor went on to advise all those that came in contact with the former commissioner in the past few days to seek medical assistance.
This is coming barely seven days after the second case, and over a month after Benue state recorded its index case.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Benue, the state governor, announced on Tuesday morning, May 5.
The coronavirus patient is a returnee from Kano. Governor Samuel disclosed this while addressing newsmen at People’s House, Makurdi, the state capital.
The governor advised that anyone who has made contact with the victim should remain in self-isolation in line with the directives of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
In a related development, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a list of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Africa, and South Africa tops the list as the country with the highest cases of the deadly disease.
According to the list published on Monday, May 11, South Africa has 10,015 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 194 deaths.
Algeria trails behind South Africa with 5,723 confirmed cases and 502 deaths, while Nigeria takes the third position with 4,399 confirmed cases and 143 deaths.
Similarly, the NCDC on Monday, May 11, reported that there are 242 new cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.
This means there are now 4,641 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. While 902 has been discharged, 150 people have died due to the viral disease.
With the new figures, Nigeria is gradually inching closer to the 5,000 mark. There are fears that the numbers may continue to rise astronomically given the population of the country and the low testing capacity of the NCDC.
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