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Lagos Health commissioner to continue work despite testing positive for COVID-19

NEWSMAN, Lagos- Lagos State’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi will continue working from home despite testing positive for COVID-19 after a close contact with persons feeling unwell, the state government said in a statement on Monday.

A statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso stated that “Our prayers are with him and his family during his period of isolation”, though he seem to be doing well with no symptoms.

Abayomi will be isolating in his home for the next 14 days but “will continue to perform his duties both as the Deputy Incident Commander of the Incident Command System for COVID-19 and most especially, as the Honorable Commissioner for Health”, the statement added.

Lagos state currently has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the Country with a figure of 17,764 and 202 deaths recorded.

As at 24th August, Nigeria has recorded 52,227 total cases of COVID 19, with 1,002 deaths.

Nigeria in February confirmed its first case in Lagos State.

An Italian who works in Nigeria had returned on 25 February from Milan, Italy through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, fell ill on 26 February and was transferred to Lagos State biosecurity facilities for isolation and testing.

Since then, other notable Nigerians have contracted the virus, including Abba Kyari (President Buhari’s Former Chief of Staff), who later died for its complications, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El- Rufai who later recovered in April, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde also recovered in April, Ondo state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, Minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama among many other prominent Nigerians.

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