- Top residents of Benue Government House have been infected with coronavirus
- Among such persons are the wife of Governor Samuel Ortom, Eunice, her son and some staff members
- Eunice on Friday, July 3, disclosed that she has immediately gone into self-isolation
Eunice Ortom, the wife of Governor Samuel Ortom and the first lady of Benue state, on Friday, July 3, announced that she has contracted the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Eunice confirmed this after results of tests carried out on her by health officials some days ago to ascertain her health status proved that she has been infected with the disease.
The governor's wife also disclosed that she has gone into self-isolation and has began treatment immediately, Channels TV reports.
Added to this, the first lady of the state revealed that her son and some staff members have tested positive for the pandemic.
She said: “A few moments ago this evening, I received my result from the tests earlier carried out on me by NCDC personnel on routine screening at Government House, Makurdi which returned that I, my son, and some staff are COVID-19 positive.
“We have from this moment, gone into total isolation as required by the protocol and would immediately begin the management treatment as advised by medical experts.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Benue state government had ordered the reopening of churches and mosques for religious worships some weeks after they were shut over the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Legit.ng gathered that the government, however, directed that the churches and mosques must hold staggered worship sessions to allow room for social distancing.
A statement issued by one of Governor Samuel Ortom's aides indicated that this was part of the decisions reached on Thursday, May 21, in Makurdi at the end of a joint meeting of the Benue State Executive Council and the State Action Committee on COVID-19 presided over by the governor.
The government also ordered the partial reopening of markets and noted that the issue of school resumption would be reviewed in the next 14 days.
It also directed workers on grade levels one to 12 who were asked to stay at home about two months ago to resume work on June 1, 2020.
The government, however, advised that they always wear face masks and maintain social distancing as they go to work.
Reeling out decisions reached at the end of the meeting, Governor Ortom also announced an adjustment in the timing of the prevailing dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on the state about two months ago.
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