- Covid-19 has spread to the fold of the cabinet members in Plateau state governor
- Abe Aku, state's commissioner for commerce and industry, has tested positive for the infectious disease
- The state governor has subsequently ordered members of the cabinet to undergo COVID-19 test
As Covid-19 spreads to Plateau and other states in Nigeria, a commissioner in the state, Abe Aku, has tested positive for the infectious disease.
Aku is the state's commissioner for commerce and industry.
Following the development, the governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong, has ordered members of his cabinet to undergo COVID-19 test.
Lalong also directed the political appointees to proceed on self-isolation after the test, starting from Wednesday, July 1.
Governor Lalong and his family were confirmed negative after a test earlier.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Plateau state government said COVID-19 cases in the state increased because residents of the state were flouting the COVID-19 safety guidelines.
The state commissioner of information and communication, Manjang, in a statement on Thursday, June 18, pointed out that the failure to comply with the COVID-19 safety measures had resulted in an increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state to 180.
He said the government will now enforce all safety measures and prosecute defaulters.
The commissioner said the government had noticed that residents of the state were disregarding physical distancing rules and refusing to wear face masks.
Latest data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) indicates that Plateau state has 382 confirmed cases of Covid-19 out of which 175 are active, 197 people have recovered while 10 people have died.
In another report, the federal government has warned Nigerians that they are more likely to contract coronavirus now than ever before.
This was stated by the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu at a press briefing on Thursday, February 18.
He said due to the expanding rate of community infections in the country, more Nigerian are at risk of contracting the virus.
“Now, more than ever before. If you go out, you are more likely to get COVID-19 than before. You’re at risk of acquiring COVID-19, because of the numbers we have now is more than three, four weeks ago when we had the lockdown,” he said.
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