Gov Seyi Makinde Tests Positive For COVID-19

 

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has tested positive for coronavirus and is in self-isolation. 

The governor revealed this in a statement on his verified Twitter handle on Monday where he disclosed that he is asymptomatic.

“I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result,” he tweeted. “It is POSITIVE. I am asymptomatic and will continue to self-isolate.”

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He also directed the former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, Prof Temitope Alonge, to be the Head of COVID-19 Task Force as he recovers.

According to him, “I have designated Prof Temitope Alonge, former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, as the Head of COVID-19 Task Force while I recover fully.”

Governor Makinde also urged the people of Oyo State to comply with instructions from the COVID-19 Task Force.

“Stay home, stay safe,” he urged Oyo residents.

He is the third governor in the country to test positive for coronavirus.

Earlier on Monday, the Nigerian Government confirmed the second death from coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, announced this during the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He said, “Till date, three persons have been discharged after successful treatment. But sadly, another fatality was recorded over the weekend in the person of a patient who had severe underlying illnesses.

“We have intensified contact tracing and our strategy remains to promptly detect cases, isolate them, and follow up with their contacts and also isolate and treat, in order to reduce the spread of the infection.”

Fire guts Ibadan market, destroys property worth millions

Traders at Labaowo Market, Ogunpa, in Ibadan North West Local Government of Oyo State were on Wednesday thrown into confusion when a section of the market was razed by fire.

The market went up in flames at around 10am as an inflammable product (adhesive) allegedly caught fire destroying items worth millions of naira.

The President, Labaowo International Market, Alhaji Lukmon Alaka, said tragedy struck when a woman opened a can of gum near another woman who was cooking.

Alaka said, “A woman was cooking noodles beside her when the place went up in flames following an explosion. The shops went up in flames.”

He, however, stated that traders at the market had been warned against cooking in the market.

According to him, three people with  five buildings were affected by the inferno. However, he said no life was lost in the incident.

Those injured were said to have been taken to an undisclosed hospital where they were treated and discharged.

Recalling that it was the second time the market would be razed by fire, Alaka said close to one billion naira worth of property were destroyed.

The chairman, while calling on the state government to provide fire station in the market, solicited assistance for victims of the inferno.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Oyo State Command, Mr. Musa Kimo, who was at the scene, said they were expected to protect the people and ensure that hoodlums did not take advantage of the situation.