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The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Terver Akase made this known in a statement on Wednesday says that the governor’s result turned positive after a close aide also returned positive in the last few weeks. 

Akase noted that the governor did not show any symptoms of the disease but has already commenced treatment as prescribed by medical personnel and called on those who came in contact with the governor for a COVID-19 test and ascertain their status.

According to report, the close aides to the governor who have so far tested positive include his orderly, his ADC, one of the DSS operatives attached to the governor, his principal private secretary, his Senior Special Assistant on Protocol, and the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance.

Governor Ortom urged Benue people to continue to observe the protocol for the prevention of the virus such as wearing face masks, use of sanitizers, regular hand washing and physical distancing.

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He also encouraged residents of the state not to be afraid of going for the COVID-19 test as only doing so would help in containing the spread of the disease.

On July 4, 2020, the wife of Benue State Governor, Eunice Ortom tested positive for COVID-19.

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