The Plateau State Government has announced that its head and chief executive, Governor Simon Lalong, has tested positive to COVID-19 following a test he and members of his family carried out.
He is third governor to go into isolation after Kaduna’s Mr. Nasir el Rufai, and Lagos’ Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who also tested positive. el Rufai went into isolation as a precaution after a member of his family and some of his staff tested positive for the disease.
In a statement, Lalong’s spokesman, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, said the test result indicated that Governor Lalong’s test returned positive while all members of his family tested negative.
He adds, ‘Consequently, the Governor who is asymptomatic has gone into isolation while his close aides are being tested.
He said that the Governor will henceforth work from home during the period of treatment, while state matters requiring his physical presence will be handled by the Deputy Governor.
The Governor urged citizens of the Plateau State to observe all COVID-19 protocols as the pandemic is still prevalent.
He advises citizens to apply all precautionary measures especially during the festive period by avoiding large gatherings, using facemasks, washing hands with soap and water and adhering to personal hygiene measures.