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Nigeria’s Presidential Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, has tested positive to the pandemic corona virus. While President Muhammadu Buhari tested negative to the virus, his Chief of Staff who was recently in Germany (Germany has recorded nearly 30,000 corona virus cases) for an official meeting with multinational conglomerate company, Siemens, on March 9, 2020, a meeting which also had Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, in attendance, tested positive to Covid-19.

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After returning from Germany, the political chief failed to self-isolate himself as directed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) especially for returnees from countries with high risk of the virus, a move which meant he probably spread the virus to people he had physical contact with. Abba Kyari would go further to attend the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) meeting which was held and presided by President Buhari on March 17, 2020, with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo also in attendance.

Upon medical advice, Kyari who does not exhibit symptoms of the virus tested for the virus and returned positive. He has now been self-isolated for proper medical care. To take precaution, President Buhari had to be tested but his result returned negative. The presidency as of the time of this report has not issued an official statement on Abba Kyari’s health status. Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had announced late on Monday, March 23, 2020, of a new case of corona in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, bringing the total number of positive cases in Nigeria to 40 in six states.

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  • Lagos (28 cases)
  • Abuja (7 cases)
  • Ogun (2 cases)
  • Ekiti (1 case)
  • Oyo (1 case)
  • Edo (1 case)

Two of the positive cases have fully recovered and have been discharged while the first corona virus death was announced by the NCDC on Monday.


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