BUSINESS AND ECONOMY
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, and his wife, Dame Edith, have contracted COVID-19.
The governor made the announcement via his social media pages on Wednesday.
He said, “My wife and I have tested positive for COVID-19. We are well and continuing with our isolation/medication. We thank you all for your continued prayers for us and our daughter.”
The governor had gone into isolation last week with his family after one of his daughters tested positive for the virus.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba had said, that “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 Face Masks and maintaining physical-distancing while in public places as well as basic hygiene of hand-washing with soap in running water and use of alcohol-based sanitizers as NCDC regulation demands,” Ifeajika added
Also, two top officials of government had tested positive to the virus recently.
They include the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, and Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu.
However, this makes Okowa the sixth governor to have publicly announced COVID-19 status.
Others who have done so are Ondo’s Akeredolu, Bauchi’s Bala Mohammed, Kaduna’s Nasir El-Rufai, Oyo’s Seyi Makinde, and Abia’s Ikpeazu.
Seventeen people died of COVID-19 in the various isolation centres of Nigeria in the last 24 hours, the NCDC announced on Tuesday.
The death toll was the highest single day record in recent weeks.
And it means that between 28 June and 30 June, 25 people died from the virus and its complications.
An additional 561 cases were announced for Tuesday, taking the country’s total to 25,694.
The number of people discharged increased from 9,402 to 9746.
Lagos remains the indisputable leader with another 200 cases.
Its cumulative total is now 10,516 cases.
Edo, which is fifth in the ranking of most affected states, registered 119 cases.
Its total tally is now 1,105.
Here is the breakdown of cases
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday held a virtual meeting with the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) at the Council Chambers State House, Abuja.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN, Chief of Staff Prof Ibrahim Gambari, SGF Mr Boss Mustapha, Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Prince Clement Ikanade Agba, Minister of Employment and Labour, Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehinare were among the cabinet members physically present at the meeting.
The members of the EAC, which include Prof. Doyin Salami (Chairman), Vice-Chairman, Dr Mohammed Sagagi, and Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, among others were virtually in attendance.
The advisory council replaced the current Economic Management Team (EMT) and report directly to the President on economic policy matters, including fiscal analysis, economic growth and a range of internal and global economic issues working with the relevant cabinet members and heads of monetary and fiscal agencies.
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