From Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Abuja

Eight ministers, including a female, and some top government officials were on Wednesday tested for Coronavirus to determine their status.

More ministers will to take their turns after the results of this batch might have been released, it was learnt. The results are expected on Thursday

It was learnt that some of the ministers included a few involved in managing the COVID-19 pandemic for the country are among those tested.

It was gathered that the blood samples of the ministers were taken by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Although the list was kept under wraps in line with the relevant guidelines, the ministers are expected to be communicated on Thursday.

A top source said “the measure is preventive since those tested had played key roles in helping the nation to face the challenges of COVID-19.

The source added: “This government is being fair and realistic in managing COVID-19 without discrimination.  Already, eight ministers have undergone CONVID-19 test alongside some government officials.  This administration has nothing to hide; it is prepared to make disclosures in line with international best practices.

“The import of the test is to ensure that those in charge of the pandemic also have a clean bill of health. Where they need care themselves, the government will take necessary measures.

“We want Nigerians to appreciate that the pandemic is not racial or political. Coronavirus disease does not have boundary and it is not peculiar to any class of people.”