Foreign Minister Onyeama tests positive and announces that he is heading to isolation.
Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama today, Sunday 19 July, announces that he has tested positive to the dreaded Covid-19.
Reuters Agency reported the news but the Minister himself took to his Twitter page to make the announcement at 7.38 a.m. this morning.
The Enugu native is a member of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19.
He is the first Minister and the first member of the Task Force to have been attacked by the virus.
He said on Twitter that he rushed to do a test when he came down with a throat irritation.
A protegee of former Chief of Staff Abba Kyari who tested positive and later
At the Covid-19 Task Force, the minister was invloved with the task of repatriating Nigerians trapped abroad when the rapidly spread of the virus caused governments to shut down airports.
NCDC seeks ways to get results faster to recipeients
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said yesterday that it will use technology to communicate results of tests faster to those who do the tests.
“The major factor driving delay of #COVID19 results isn’t the testing, but the process of getting results to individuals. We’re working on a new platform to improve the system of communicating results” Dr, Chikwe Ihekwazu, NCDC director-general, said.
He said most of the laboratories are working at utmost capacity, making it possible to test over 200,000 cases so far.
The only delay, he said, is when there are issues, such as happened last laboratories could be shut down as happened last week at Ebonyi.
The Ebonyi Laboratory was shut down “for the place to be decontaminated,” he said, an understated way of saying that someone working in the laboratory contracted the virus.
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