Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Saturday, said he was going into isolation after his wife, son and some top government officials tested positive to COVID-19.
At a press conference in Makurdi, Ortom said though his result (second since the pandemic started) returned negative, he would still go into isolation as most people in his household are involved in the latest development.
He said his Chief of Staff Terwase Orbunde, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof Anthony Ijohor and the Head of Service, Mrs Veronica Onyeke, as well as his maids and cooks, among other government officials, were infected with the virus.
“I am going into isolation after this press conference.
“This is because many people in my house are involved.
“Because of the number, we have decided to isolate in our houses,’’ he said.
The governor said he had ordered the fumigation of the Government House as the total number of people confirmed positive within the seat of power reached 33 in one swoop.
He stressed that his decision to go into isolation was due to the fact that he lives in the same house with his wife, son and most domestic staff who tested positive to the virus.
He appealed to citizens of the state, especially journalists, to know their statuses by making themselves available for testing as this would further stop the spread of the disease in the state.
Ortom maintained that in view of the development, the State Action Committee on COVID-19, whose vice chairman also tested positive, would, by next week, review its activities, and where necessary, reverse its relaxed lockdown of worship centres and markets.