Simon Lalong, Plateau state governor, has contracted COVID-19.
According to Makut Macham, his director for press and public affairs, Lalong is asymptomatic and has gone into isolation, while his close aides are being tested to ascertain their status.
The announcement on Lalong’s status comes five days after Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, tested positive for the virus.
Macham, however, added that the governor’s family members tested negative for COVID-19.
He also said the deputy governor has been directed to handle all matters that require Lalong’s physical presence.
“As a result, the governor will henceforth work from home during the period of treatment,” Macham said in a statement.
“All state matters requiring the governor’s physical presence will be handled by the deputy governor.
“The Governor uses the opportunity to urge all citizens of Plateau State to observe all COVID-19 protocols as the pandemic is still prevalent.
“He advises citizens to apply all precautionary measures, especially during the festive period, by avoiding large gatherings, using facemasks, washing hands with soap and water and adhering to personal hygiene measures.”