JUST IN: Governor Lalong's Chief of Staff tests positive for COVID-19

Noel Donjur, the Chief of Staff (COS) to the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has tested positive for COVID-19.

This development was confirmed in a statement on Friday by the State Commissioner for Information, Dan Manjang.

Earlier, the Plateau State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Abe Aku had tested positive to the coronavirus disease.

The Governor had on July 1, directed all members of his cabinet to test for the virus and some of the tests have already returned positive.

Speaking on the status of the Chief of Staff, the Information Commissioner revealed that other members of the state executive council tested negative but the COS tested positive.

He said; “The outcome of the tests indicate that all other members of the State EXCO tested negative except the Chief of Staff who is asymptomatic and in good condition.

He said health officials have commenced treatment for him at one of the isolation centres in Jos the state capital, while members of his family and other contacts are being traced and tested.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Staff called on members of the public to pray for him and has also encouraged people to submit to COVID-19 testing, saying that it is very important in unveiling cases and thereby leading to appropriate treatment.

Other personal aides of the governor, permanent secretaries, heads of parastatals as well as other senior civil servants also undergone the test on Thursday and are currently awaiting the results.

Governor Lalong in the meantime has admonished citizens of the state to adhere strictly to the guidelines issued to curtail the virus.

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