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#coronavirus makes a stop at Akwa Ibom State Government House

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Journalists in Akwa Ibom State have been engulfed in fear as 10 of Government House press corps members allegedly tested positive for Coronavirus. Among the 10 suspected press corps members found to be positive are cameramen, reporters, correspondents, and information officers.

It was gathered that a cameraman on Tuesday 19/05/2020,  tested positive of the virus after exhibiting some symptoms, which prompted the relevant authority to subject his colleagues to undergo the test on Wednesday morning and nine out of the samples sent allegedly returned positive


It is suspected that the said cameraman and other suspected cases among the press corps must have had contacts with the government officials alleged to be infected.

Meanwhile, some Correspondents from some National News Dailies have been invited for contact tracing by the Ibom Multispecialty Hospital, Uyo. The journalists invited for contact tracing and possible testing are those who have been actively attending press briefings at the Government House and have at various times interacted with the said cameraman.


One of the correspondents posted on his Facebook wall, “Just received a call from Ibom Multispecialty hospital that I am being traced as a contact of a COVID-19 patient“.

However, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Ekerete Udoh, has denied any COVID-19 case among the Government House Press crew saying the “that rumour is completely unfounded. It is not true”.


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Postscript:
This story was corroborated by Nation news, Sun news, Daily post, Business Day, Vanguard and numerous other wire agencies.

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