Niger Governor, Abubakar Bello, Tests Positive For COVID-19

Abubakar Sani Bello OnoBello

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello has tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease, popularly known as COVID-19.

Disclosing this on Monday via Twitter, Governor Bello explained that he is asymptomatic and has gone into isolation. The news comes amid widespread speculation last week that he had contracted the virus.

Niger State has seen increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the one month. At least 278 confirmed positive cases and 12 deaths have been recorded in the state since its outbreak in the country in March.

 

In an interview with Channels TV, the Chairman of the Niger State COVID-19 Committee and Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Matane reassured that the committee was considering putting in place stricter measure in enforcing the safety protocols in place.

Niger has been a gateway state to travellers from North to South and vice-versa, forcing the state government to force the ban on inter-state travels due to constant influx of transporters.

Primary and secondary schools reopened in September. But, with the surge, it is not clear if the Nigerian government might call for another lockdown.

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