Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state has been infected with the coronavirus, while the cases have now increased to 44 in Nigeria.
Mukhtar Gidado, the media aide to the Governor, confirmed his principal tested positive for COVID-19 in a statement on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
“At this point, it should be noted that the governor is in self-isolation as his doctors and officials from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have taken full charge of his quarantine,” the statement read.
The governor is a known contact of Mohammed Abubakar, son of former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who recently tested positive. The two met inside an Abuja-bound airplane in Lagos and shook hands.
According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the total cases of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 is now 44.
“Two new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: 1 in FCT (Abuja) and 1 in Bauchi,” the NCDC tweeted.
“The cases have travel history to Germany and the UK.
“As at 06:25 pm on 24th March, there are 44 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria. 2 have been discharged with 1 death.”
A current breakdown of cases by states stands as follows:
2 new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: 1 in FCT and 1 in Bauchi
The cases have travel history to Germany and the UK.
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 24, 2020