- Two officers of the Nigerian Air Force have tested positive to Covid-19 pandemic
- Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue announced the development during a state address
- The case of the two officers was reported barely a week after NAF made two emergency ventilators
As coronavirus continues to take a hard swipe at states and boundaries in Nigeria, two operatives of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) have been confirmed positive for Covid-19 in Benue state.
This was contained in a state-wide address by Governor Samuel Ortom on Wednesday, June 4, on the new guidelines for movement and gathering in the state amid coronavirus crisis.
Legit.ng notes the Covid-19 case of the two NAF officers was reported barely six days after the force unveiled 2 emergency ventilators produced by a team of researchers from the Air Force Research and Development Centre and Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna.
The ventilators were produced in partnership with the faculty of veterinary medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Tagged ‘NAF E-Vents’, the ventilators were unveiled on Wednesday, May 27, by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, in Kaduna.
Announcing the relaxation on the restrictions imposed on the state residents, Governor Ortom said henceforth worship across religious centres must not be more than one hour.
He also mandated the civil service workers in the state to resume office from Monday, June 8.
Benue currently has 13 cases of coronavirus after NCDC announced four fresh cases in the state on Wednesday evening.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that days after announcing ban lift on religious centres, the federal government has hinted at the possibility of having the restriction on interstate movement completely lifted starting from Friday, June 12.
Sani Aliyu, who is the national coordinator for the presidential task force on Covid-19, gave the hints on Tuesday, June 2, during the committee's briefing in Abuja.
Aliyu noted that since local flights have been given a clearance to operate, it would not be ideal that movement by roads to states is continued to be restricted.
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