The Benue State Government, on Saturday, confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus disease otherwise known as COVID-19.

Governor Samuel Ortom, disclosed this while briefing journalists in Makurdi, the state capital, shortly after the announcement by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.

He gave the name of the victim as Susan Okpe who returned from the United Kingdom, adding that the state action committee had already commenced contact tracing of about eight persons she had contact with.

The governor explained that he disclosed the identity of the victim so that those who had made contact with her can take the necessary steps.

He said the patient is presently being managed at the State Treatment Centre located at State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi.

The governor also ordered his deputy, Benson Abounu, to be tested for coronavirus.

He said 70-year-old Abounu was at a recently held National Economic Council meeting in Abuja.

The PUNCH reports that two attendees of the meeting tested positive for coronavirus.

He said, “We are already tracing of all those Susan Okpe came in contact with.

“In addition, samples of two other ladies have been collected but one among them turned to be negative to the virus.

“I have also told my deputy governor to go for a test having returned from the National Economic Council meeting in Abuja even though he told me that he had no close contact with those suspected to have contacted the virus.”

As of 04:29pm on Saturday, there are 89 cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

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