Umahi, deputy checks for COVID-19 as Chief of Staff to Lalong test positive


The Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi and his deputy, Kelechi Igwe, have sent their samples for COVID-19 test to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Abuja.

Just as the Plateau State Government has confirmed that Noel Donjur, the Chief of Staff to Governor Simon Lalong, had tested positive for the virus. He is the only member of the state cabinet to fail the Coronavirus test ordered by Lalong on Wednesday.

Umahi who disclosed at the swearing-in of some new government officials he appointed in Abakaliki said he had to send his samples because some of his officials tested positive for COVID-19, after a budget review meeting, attended by most government functionaries.

Umahi, however, did not reveal the identities of those who tested positive. The governor said the result of the test will be out today and promised to keep the people informed of the outcome.

He said his administration has come up with new measures to tackle the spread of the virus.

Umahi said another meeting to discuss the new plan will be held next week, adding that he may have to attend the meeting virtually, if the result of his test comes out positive.

Also, the Plateau state Information and Communication Commissioner Dan Manjang said Donjor was “asymptomatic and in good condition.”

Manjang said he is currently undergoing treatment in one of the isolation centres in the state noting that he is in high spirits. The commissioner urged the people of the state to pray for him.

Members of his family and other contacts are being traced, tested and quarantined.

Other personal aides of the governor, permanent secretaries, heads of parastatals as well as other senior civil servants were tested on Thursday and are currently awaiting the results.

Governor Lalong also urged the citizens to continue to adhere strictly to the guidelines issued to stop the spread of the virus.

Commerce and Industry Commissioner Abe Aku had earlier tested positive for the virus.