Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has tested positive for coronavirus, while three officials with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, have also reportedly tested positive to the pandemic.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Mukhtar Gidado in a statement made available on Tuesday said Mohammed is currently under quarantine.
“This is to inform the general public that the result of the six initial tests carried out by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on His Excellency, Senator Bala Mohammed, his family and aides that accompanied him to Lagos is out. Of the six initial tests carried out, one sample was confirmed positive of COVID -19.
“The positive result happened to be that of Governor Mohammed. At this point, it should be noted that the governor is in self-isolation as his doctors and officials from the NCDC have taken full charge of his quarantine. His Excellency solicits for prayers from all and requests that all those who had contact with him or any one known to have the same medical condition to go for test immediately in order to avert further spread of the COVID -19 epidemic,” said the media aide.
The governor earlier said he met and shook hands with Mohammed, son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.
A source at the presidency also confirmed that all persons suspected to have been exposed to the chief of staff to the president have been advised to self-isolate.
The State House is on a gradual lockdown as non-essential staff have been asked to stay away
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