Benue State has recorded another COVID-19 case, bringing the overall number of cases within the state to a few Healthforbes Media reports.
The State Governor, Samuel Ortom, who briefed journalists on Monday, said that a former female commissioner (whose name was withheld) tested positive for the coronavirus as announced by the National Centre for Disease Control on Sunday.
The governor noted that the state task force on COVID-19 led by the deputy governor of the state, Benson Abounu, intercepted a 15 seater commercial vehicle at Enugu/Otukpo roundabout.
According to him, a person suspected to be COVID-19 positive working as a security man in Ogun State, was on board the bus alongside 14 others.
Ortom said that the suspect who had earlier gone for COVID-19 test having fallen sick in Ogun State but couldn’t await the results of the test decided to return to Otukpo when his master ejected him from the house had been quarantined in Otukpo while the 14 other passengers had been taken into isolation.
He said samples of all the passengers and also the driver had been taken to Abuja and also the results were being expected.
The governor who extended the restriction on gathering said that “in two weeks’ time, we shall meet again to review the difficulty of closure of Churches and Mosques in Benue State.”
He called all Benue indigenes to be agents and report suspected cases, charging the people to keep up stay-at-home order and to use face masks or handkerchiefs to hide their faces.
The governor said that the state would appreciate donors of face masks because it couldn’t provide for the full people within the state.
He said, “This is time to indicate and demonstrate love by sharing with neighbours.
“The pandemic continues to be there and pushing hard to enter Benue. We had two cases within the past. The one in Benue is responding to treatment.”
He expressed hope that the patient in Benue would soon recover and be discharged..