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Daughter tests positive for COVID-19

DELTA State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has embarked on self Isolation in Asaba, Delta State, following the result of one of his daughters testing positive for COVID-19.

  In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, yesterday, the governor would be proceeding on 14 days self- isolation to ensure the state’s efforts in stemming the virus is not compromised by the first family.

  “Consequently, the Governor and his family members will immediately commence self-isolation for 14 days”.

  “It is again pertinent to stress that COVID-19 is real, and citizens are advised to be disciplined and comply with the protocols of wearing facemasks and maintaining physical distancing while in public places as well as basic hygiene of handwashing with soap in running water and use of alcohol-based sanitisers as NCDC regulation demands,” Ifeajika noted.

  The Delta State government had two of its top officials tested positive to the virus on June 21. They were the Secretary to the State Government, Chiedu Ebie and the Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu.

  Ifeajika at the time called on residents of the state to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols as anyone, irrespective of status, could contract the virus.

  “Let me advise all Deltans to, as a matter of top priority, always obey the COVID-19 protocols, which have been in the public domain, so as to curb further spread of the pandemic,” he said.

  According to the government spokesperson, “the fresh cases in our hands in Delta further testify to the fact that COVID-19 is not a scam. It is real and people should take the issues of the virus and personal hygiene seriously.

  He however advised that COVID-19 is not a death sentence, urging people not to lose hopes when they fall sick but to urgently visit any government approved hospitals for appropriate tests and treatments.

  “We can save ourselves and others from this virus if we obey all the protocols of wearing facemasks, regular washing of hands in running water, use of alcohol-based sanitisers and maintaining physical-distancing while congregating in any form.

  He reminded all that hospitals and isolation centres across the state are on 24 hours alert to receive any case(s) of the coronavirus or other health challenges.

  Mr Okowa himself had on June 19 urged Deltans and other residents of the state to always observe all precautionary measures against COVID-19 in order to checkmate community transmission.

  “I want to plead with all Deltans that it is time for us to realise that there is community transmission of the disease which can affect anybody if adequate care was not taken,” Okowa stated.

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