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Ikpeazu tests negative, as two aides test positive



GOV. Okezie Ikpeazu COVID-19 status has confirmed negative to COVID-19 disease after taking the test.

Similarly, test results for the governor’s wife, Nkechi, and their children also came back negative.

However, two of the Governor’s aides have tested positive for the virus.

This was confirmed in a statement released by the state governor in which he noted that the tests were carried out on Saturday, May 30 and prayed that infected persons would soon be nursed back to good health.

“Leading this battle from the front, as your Governor, I and all members of the first family subjected ourselves to COVID-19 tests on Saturday, May 30, 2020, and the results came out negative today. Unfortunately, the results of two of my aides, who also subjected themselves to COVID-19 tests were positive, while others turned in negative results.

We are confident that within days, the currently asymptomatic positive patients who are now isolated will be successfully nursed back to good health, with God on our side.”

Ikpeazu disclosed that the state government will embark on massive tests for residents of the state as the fight against the coronavirus gets strengthened.

“The new phase of the fight against COVID-19 in Abia will require that the state embark on massive tests of citizens to achieve at least 10 percent coverage of our population at the initial stage of the exercise.”

“To this end, the state epidemiologist has been directed to work out modalities for case searches, using sample population size of between 30 to 250 persons, in some densely populated Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.”

The Governor, however, warned against the stigmatization of infected persons, noting that getting infected is not their fault.

“Meanwhile, we cannot win and save lives, as long as we continue to stigmatize our patients. If any person contracts COVID-19, it will be saddening but it is neither criminal nor necessarily the person’s fault.”

“Let me put it on record that statistics show that far more people recover from the virus than those who pass away from it,” he stated.

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