COVID-19 Apprehension: Osinbajo Goes Into Self Isolation

  • As Kyari’s 3 Staff Contract Virus

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has gone into self-isolation. The decision is not unconnected with the test result carried  out on the Chief of staff to the President, Abba Kyari which came out positive Tuesday.

According to Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a tweet on Tuesday, the Vice President has been “conducting his meetings via video conferencing while observing social distance.”

Though it is not exactly clear when Osinbajo went into self isolation but from the picture which appeared in the tweet, he held a meeting with some persons on Tuesday, indicating that he must have self-isolated himself after the meeting.

Akande’s tweet comes after it emerged that the Chief of Staff to the President and three of his staff had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Kyari is believed to have been infected during his recent trip to Germany where he met with officials of Siemens in Munich on Nigeria’s electricity expansion programme.

The Chief of Staff was said to have returned on March 14 and, apparently, did not show any symptoms of being infected with the virus at the time.

Kyari and the three staff at his office who tested positive for the contagion are currently receiving medical care as Nigeria’s registered cases jumped from 40 to 44 on Tuesday.

The Ministry of Health and Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC), the two bodies at the forefront of the country’s response against the virus, have repeatedly advised Nigerians to self-quarantine, especially if they just returned from a foreign trip.

On Monday, NCDC chief, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the nation’s major coronavirus threat comes from those coming in from outside its borders.


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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.


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