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Mrs. Ifeuko Omoigui Okauru was a former Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service in Nigeria.
“My husband and I as well as members of our household, are observing self isolation for 14 days, immediately, effective March 24 2020, in Abuja,” Mrs. Okauru wrote in a statement sent to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C.
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“Proximity to DG, NGF (my husband) who was in the same Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and National Economic Council (NEC) meetings (March 18 and 19, 2020) as the Bauchi State Governor who today, announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19,” she added.
The governor of Bauchi state Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed announced on Monday in a statement released by his spokesman thst he had tested positive for coronavirus after coming into contact with the son of Nigeria’s former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and was in self isolation.
Nigeria has 44 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of March 24, 2020, a sharp increase from 8 cases last week.
There are currently eight cases in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, and 29 in Lagos, the country’s commercial hub. One death has been recorded, and 2 of the 44 patients have fully recovered. The actual number of cases might be most likely much higher, due to limited testing and the way the virus spreads, with many who may be carrying the virus not showing any symptoms.
The Okaurus are just the latest in a long line of people who are taking precautions to defeat COVID-19, the potentially deadly respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Read their full letter below as received by TODAY NEWS AFRICA
Hello family, friends, colleagues and clients
Re: COVID-19 Pandemic
My husband and I as well as members of our household, are observing self isolation for 14 days, immediately, effective March 24 2020, in Abuja.
Reason – Proximity to DG, NGF (my husband) who was in the same Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and National Economic Council (NEC) meetings (March 18 and 19, 2020) as the Bauchi State Governor who today, announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
I can be reached online or by phone.
Organisations to which I am affiliated already have a “work from home” policy for this period.
We have no symptoms but we need to follow all required steps as directed by the NCDC.
We have also made ourselves available to be tested.
I will, through DAGOMO Foundation Nigeria Ltd/GTE, and through other organisations that I serve, continue to raise awareness around COVID-19.
Please feel free to check out DAGOMO public messages on all of their social media pages:
Coronavirus is real. Follow all Government directives for COVID-19. Please Stay at Home unless you provide essential services.
May God protect and bless us all
Ifueko M Omoigui Okauru