The Benue State governor Mr. Samuel Ortom has tested positive for COVID-19.
Ortom’s Chief Press Secretary Terver Akase disclosed this in a statement, noting that the governor has been placed on treatment even though he showed no symptom of the disease.
The governor’s status comes after his close aides tested positive in the past few weeks.
While advising those who have come in contact with him to run the test, the governor said “it is equally important that those who came in contact with other persons who have tested positive for the virus should go for a test to ascertain their COVID-19 status.”
Ortom, however, appealed to the state residents to ensure strict adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines, such as the use of face masks and social distancing.
“He encourages the people not to be afraid of going for COVID-19 test as only doing so would help in containing the spread of the disease,” the statement concluded.
The governor joins the likes of Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo, Seyi Makinde of oyo, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna state who tested positive for the disease in the past year.
The second wave of COVID-19 began towards the end of 2020, as Nigeria now records over a thousand cases daily.
Currently, Africa’s most populous nation has a total of 124, 299 recorded cases, with 99, 276 recoveries and 1, 522 deaths.