- Governor Umahi said he will hand over governance to his deputy in the event that he tests positive for coronavirus
- The Ebonyi state governor said he will also immediately go into isolation
- Umahi said his samples have been sent to the NCDC for Covid-19 test while he is still expecting the result
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The governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, has revealed two key steps he will take if he tests positive to the novel coronavirus disease, Covid-19.
Umahi said he will hand over governance to his deputy, Kelechi Igwe, and go into isolation immediately.
The Guadian reports that the Ebonyi state governor made this known in Abakaliki during the swearing-in ceremony of some new government appointees.
Legit.ng gathers that Umahi has sent his samples to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for COVID-19 test while the result is still being expected.
The governor took the important step after some government officials he had come in contact with tested positive for the virus.
“If I test positive, my deputy will carry on with the fight as a frontline worker, but we will be extremely careful and use zoom to do our jobs. No retreat, no surrender! We will fight this COVID-19 matter to the end.
“We will have the public hearing on our proposed plan of the COVID-19 fight next week and either me or my deputy will head the meeting, and I will contribute through zoom, if I test positive,” he added.
In a related development, Ifeanyi Okowa, the governor of Delta state, on Wednesday, July 1, confirmed that he and his wife have contracted the deadly coronavirus disease.
Governor Okowa announced this news on his official and verified Twitter page on Wednesday, adding that both himself and the first lady of the state are continuing with their self-isolation.
The governor stated: “My wife and I have tested positive for COVID-19. We are well and continuing with our isolation. We thank you all for your continued prayers for us and our daughter.”
Following this, the governor's chief press secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, stressed that it is imperative for citizens to "be disciplined and comply with the protocols of wearing face masks and maintaining physical-distancing..."
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