Oyo State Governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde on Monday confirmed he has tested positive to the rampaging coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19.
The governor who tweeted via his personal handle @seyiamakinde on Monday, said that he was asymptomatic and would remain in isolation.
He also said that he had appointed Prof Temitope Alonge, a former Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, as the Head of COVID-19 Task Force while he recovers.
A statement from Makinde’s spokesman, Taiwo Adisa, explained that Governor Makinde was one of the governors who attended the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, on Thursday, March 19, where he met with a number of his colleagues.
The Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF), days later, advised its members who attended the Abuja meeting to go into self- isolation or undergo COVID-19 tests which Makinde did last week.
The statement said the test result, which was delivered to the governor at about 5.30pm indicated that he had tested positive to coronavirus.
The news of Makinde’s positive test came on the heels of the release of the State’s index case from the COVID-19 isolation centre.
The release of the patient was consequent upon the completion of his treatment at the Agbami Chest Hospital isolation centre, Ibadan.
The American returnee had initially tested negative only for the second test to read positive