Edo Speaker tests positive for coronavirus as 20 Osun judges go into isolation

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The Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Frank Okiye, has tested positive for coronavirus.

This was revealed by the Deputy Governor of the State, Phillip Shaibu, during a press conference in Benin, the state capital on Wednesday.

Shaibu confirmed that Okiye is the recorded case announced earlier by the state government.

There are currently 46 cases recorded in Nigeria.

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki had reportedly gone into self-isolation. 

Obaseki had made close contact with his Bauchi State counterpart, Senator Bala Muhammed and Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, who have both tested positive for coronavirus.

In a similar vein, Commissioner for Health in Osun State, Dr Rafiu Isamotu on Wednesday confirmed that 20 judges, who recently travelled to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirate were presently on self-isolation.

He added that the judges went into isolation immediately they arrived the state to ascertain their medical status as the killer disease ravages the world.

Isamotu made this known on the sidelines of a press briefing at the Osun State government house in Osogbo, where the governor intimated newsmen about the index case in the state.

The Commissioner said: Yes, they are presently on self-isolation, I can’t disclose any hospital, they don’t need to go to the hospital before being isolated.

“There are many people who are even positive of the virus but stay in their homes to isolate themselves without going to the hospital. The judges are in self-isolation and we are monitoring them”.

It was gathered that the judges had attended the International Conference in the Middle East country between March 9 and March 20, before returning home over the weekend.

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