Governor El-Rufai tests positive for coronavirus

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has released a statement announcing that he tested positive for coronavirus.

The statement, which he personally signed, reads, “Earlier this week, I submitted a sample for the Covid-19 test. The result came in this evening, and I regret to say that it is positive.

“According to the protocols for managing Covid-19, I am in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the NCDC for a someone that is no showing symptoms.

“I wish to appeal to the people of Kaduna State to continue to closely observe the preventive measures already announced.

“It is most important that everybody should do their utmost to stay safe, stay home and stay alive.

“The Deputy Governor is chairing our Covid-19 Taskforce and will continue to issue statements from time to time.”

Mr El-Rufai had on March 18 attended a meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum. Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, who has likewise tested positive to the infection, was also in attendance.

It was gathered that the following day, March 19, he also went to a meeting of the National Economic Council. Once more, Mr Mohammed was at that meeting. It was also reported that next day, the Kaduna senator joined his associates for a breakfast meeting with authorities of the World Bank.

Sources close to the Kaduna Government believe Mr El-Rufai may have contracted the virus at one of the high profile meetings he went to during the period.

With the governor testing positive, cases, Nigeria currently has a total of 90 cases. Three of the cases have been treated and discharged from medical clinics while one death has been recorded.

The Nigerian Center for Disease Control had before this evening announced seven new cases, with Benue, a North-central state, recording its first case.

Providing a report on the ongoing pandemic, the NCDC said on its Twitter handle that seven of the new cases were reported in Lagos while one (1) was reported in Benue.

With its 59 cases, Lagos remains the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, with the capital, Abuja trailing behind with 14 cases.

The following is the breakdown of cases by states as at 8 pm Saturday, March 28, 2019.

Kaduna – 1