The Chief-of-Staff to the President, Abba Kyari has tested positive to Coronavirus. Several newspapers reports have confirmed.
He was said to have been tested on Saturday after he returned from Germany.
The President, Muhammadu Buhari was also reported to have taken the test after Kyari’s result was confirmed.
However, the President’s test report was reported to be negative.
The President’s Chief-of-Staff had attended a meeting in Germany with officials of Siemens to discuss issues relating to the Nigerian power sector.
It would be recalled Abba Kyari, penultimate week had written to the leadership of the National Assembly to compel the lawmakers who were returning to the country from some of the worst hit countries to submit themselves for test of COVID-29 virus.
Official Cases now 40
As of Monday, The official number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus epidemic in Nigeria has risen to 40. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed on Monday.
NCDC, in a statement, said four new cases were recorded on Monday saying two of the new cases were travellers who just to the country.
NCDC has confirmed that of the 40 cases, 28 had travel history to high-risk countries in the last two weeks.
A breakdown of the current cases shows that three of the cases were diagnosed in Lagos State and one in Abuja.
“As at 11:00 pm on the 23rd of March, there are 40 confirmed cases of COVID19 in Nigeria. Two have been discharged with one death recorded,” the NCDC said.
Lagos has so far reported 28 cases of the virus, FCT – 7, Ogun – 2, while Oyo, Ekiti, and Edo states have one case each.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) in its latest update says 1,396 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been recorded in 43 countries across Africa.
The UN health agency stated this in its regional official twitter account @WHOAFRO on Monday.
According to the WHO, there have been 122 recoveries cases from COVID-19.
“There have been a total of 122 recoveries recorded: Algeria (65), Egypt (42), Burkina Faso (5), Senegal (5), Morocco (3), Cote d’Ivoire (1) and Nigeria (1).”