Abba Kyari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has tested positive for Coronavirus.
Confirming the test report was the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday. Kyari turned out positive while President Buhari’s result came out negative.
A source revealed that Kyari has been seriously down since his return from a trip abroad. He visited Germany and Egypt and only returned to Nigeria this week.
Executive chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Prof. James Momoh accompanied Kyari on both trips; source revealed.
Kyari was said to have been attending meetings including President Buhari, Yemi Osinbajo, ministers and members of the Federal Executive Council.
During the course of the meeting, Kyari started exhibiting symptoms of the virus (Severe cough) leading to the adjournment.
Kyari is currently in isolation receiving medical attention for the virus.
Atiku Abubakar reaches out
Reaching out to Kyari is Atiku Abubakar, former vice president. He sends a short word of prayer to Abba Kyari.
My thoughts and prayers are with Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari. Allah ya kare mu gabaki daya, kuma ya bashi lafiya. -AA https://t.co/6iNB4D4uUx
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) March 24, 2020
One of Atiku Abubakar’s son is currently receiving treatment at the Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has urged all government officials who returned from the affected countries to self-isolate themselves in order to prevent the spread of the disease.
“The President has ordered all FG officials who have returned from high burden COVID-19 countries to self-isolate after some of them returned from Germany last week, refusing to embark on self-isolation.
“He has ordered that all FG officials who may have recently returned from a trip to any of the high burden countries `must be made’ to isolate even where they refused to do so voluntarily,” Villa sources said.
Egypt has 327 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, 56 recoveries, and 14 deaths while Germany has 31,370 cases, 749 recoveries, and 132 deaths.
Nigeria so far has recorded a total of 42 confirmed, 39 active cases, 2 total discharged with a record of one death.
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