Ortom asks deputy to undergo coronavirus test

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Saturday asked his deputy, Engr Benson Abounu to be tested for coronavirus.

Ortom gave the order after Benue confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.

Briefing journalists in Makurdi, the state capital, shortly after the announcement by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Ortom gave the name of the patient as “Susan Okpe”, who returned from the United Kingdom.

He noted that the state action committee had already commenced contact tracing of about eight persons.

On his deputy, Ortom said 70-year-old Abounu was at a recently held National Economic Council meeting in Abuja.

Two attendees at the meeting tested positive for coronavirus.

He said:

“We are already tracing of all those Susan Okpe came in contact with.

“In addition, samples of two other ladies have been collected but one among them turned to be negative to the virus.

“I have also told my deputy governor to go for a test having returned from the National Economic Council meeting in Abuja even though he told me that he had no close contact with those suspected to have contracted the virus.”

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