- Some staff at the office of the minister of the FCT, Muhammad Bello, have tested positive for Covid-19
- The minister said he and all his staff had taken the Covid-19 test as part of routine precautionary measures
- Bello aid he and many others tested negative while others' results came back positive
As COVID-19 spreads more across Nigeria every day, some aides of the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Bello, have contracted the infectious disease.
The FCT minister said those who tested positive for the disease have been taken to isolation centres across the nation’s capital for treatment.
The minister who made this known on Twitter did not reveal the number of those affected. He said both he and the staff in his office had taken the test as part of routine precautionary measures.
Bello said he and many others tested negative while others' results came back positive.
“As part of routine precautionary measures, I subjected myself & all persons in my office & official residence to the COVID19 test.
“While the results returned negative for me & many others, a few people however, tested positive.
“Those affected have been taken to isolation centres,” he tweeted.
The minister also reminded the FCT residents to always abide by the relevant preventive measures.
"Let me use this opportunity to once again remind all FCT residents that COVID 19 is real.
"The best prevention against the disease is to always wear your face mask, wash your hands regularly (or use hand sanitizers), maintain social distancing & avoid large gatherings," he said.
In a related development, Governor Willie Obiano has told residents of Anambra state that the number of COVID-19 cases in the state would likely increase in the coming weeks.
The governor made the disclosure on Friday, July 10, through the commissioner of information, Don-Adinuba.
He said in recent times there has been no significant rise of the disease in the state, pointing out the 20 cases reported by the NCDC days ago were based on samples taken over three weeks across the state.
The governor said Anambra has the capacity to manage cases should there be a spike.
Obiano disclosed that the state was planning to increase testing capacity after the commissioning of the mega laboratory at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka.
He said the mega lab will be able to test 470 samples for COVID-19 simultaneously, thereby increasing the detection rate in the state.
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