Six days after testing positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has tested negative for the virus.
The governor had on March 30th, announced via social media that he had tested positive for the virus, stating that though he is asymptomatic and will continue to self-isolate.
However, in a statement via his official Twitter handle, Governor Makinde in the late hours of April 5th, announced that he had received his second negative test result for COVID-19.
He thanked everyone who had prayed and supported him within the course of his isolation, with a special appreciation of Professor Temitope Alonge who stood in for him as head of Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force.
The tweet reads: “I am deeply moved by your prayers and support throughout this period. I am so thankful.
“This evening, I received my second negative test result for COVID-19.
“I especially thank Prof Temitope Alonge, who acted in my stead as Head of the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force.
The governor had a week ago tested positive for coronavirus, a few days after his party PDP staged a rally in the state.
Although the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has not made an official announcement yet. As of 9:30 p.m, Sunday, there have been a total of 232 confirmed cases, of which 33 had been discharged and five had died.
A breakdown of the figure across the federation shows the Lagos has 120, FCT- 47, Osun- 20, Oyo- 9, Edo- 9, Bauchi- 6, Akwa Ibom- 5, Kaduna- 5, Ogun- 4, Enugu- 2, Ekiti- 2, Rivers-1, Benue- 1, Ondo- 1.
Governor Makinde’s recovery is coming in the wake of the report on the governor of Bauchi, Bala Mohammed.
The Bauchi governor’s COVID-19 status was declared negative about two weeks after he was reported to have contracted the pandemic, following his meeting with Mohammed Atiku Abubakar, the son of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.