Governor of Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu has tested positive for coronavirus, it emerged on Tuesday afternoon.
Akeredolu disclosed his COVID-19 status on his Facebook page saying he is already in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for any asymptomatic patient.
I have tested positive for COVID-19. Earlier today, I got confirmation of a positive result for Covid-19. I am asymptomatic and not displaying any symptoms. I am currently self-isolating and supervised home management will be administered by the wonderful team at our Infectious Disease Hospital. I ask that we all stay safe and be well.
The 63-year-old Governor also made the announcement on his official Twitter page, through a short video;
Today I tested positive for #COVID19. All is well. I’m asymptomatic and have been self isolating. Work continues. Your continued prayers over my well being are most appreciated. pic.twitter.com/P5UH0SmBiw
— Arakunrin Akeredolu (@RotimiAkeredolu) June 30, 2020
Akeredolu has now joined a growing list of top public officers who have tested positive for the disease.
They include late Abba Kyari, the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari; Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna; Bala Mohammed, governor of Bauchi, Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo and Abia state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu.
Ondo state as at Monday has 276 confirmed cases of COVID-19.