COVID-19: Ebonyi top officials test positive as cases rise to 75

Governor Dave Umahi 

Some top officials of Ebonyi State Government have tested positive to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

This is as the state government on Thursday expressed worry over the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the state, which it said had climbed 75 out of the over 3,000 sample tests conducted.

Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, who doubles as the acting Commissioner for Human Capital Development and Monitoring, Uchenna Orji, said that 26 COVID-19 cases had been treated and discharged, while 49 cases were still receiving treatment and were in stable condition.

Although Orji, who spoke through a statement issued in Abakaliki, had hinted that some Executive Council members had contracted the virus, did not give their names, The PUNCH investigation revealed that a top government functionary at the Ministry of Finance and a close aide to Governor Dave Umahi had tested positive to the disease.

Umahi was said to be disturbed about “the way and manner some members of his cabinet were infected.”

According to Orji, the cabinet members, who tested positive were currently receiving treatment and were in stable condition.

Orji said in order to ensure effective contact tracing, Umahi had directed that all government offices be shut down from Thursday, June 4, 2020 and resume on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

“All civil servants shall work from their respective homes within this period, but shall leave their phones open to respond to official imperatives.

“In view of this development, the state governor passionately appeals to all sons and daughters of  Ebonyi State, who are living outside the shores of the state to avoid the risk of returning to the state, as records have shown that the positive cases hitherto recorded in the state were those who returned from the epicentre states.

“The governor further pleads with our people to take seriously the NCDC COVID-19 protocol, especially all  precautionary measures such as hand washing, use of hand sanitisers, use of face masks, social distancing and avoiding of crowded places, more so as we have entered into another phase of spread of  COVID-19 called community transmission,” the statement read.
~The Punch
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