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18 Army Generals, 8 Others Test Positive For COVID-19

18 Army Generals, 8 Others Test Positive For COVID-19
No fewer than 26 officers of the Nigerian army among them are 18 Generals have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Army spokesman, Sagir Musa,  broke the news in a statement on Sunday.
The army authorities had last week directed COVID19 test on all those who attended the 2020 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference, where a major-general, Olu Irefin fell sick before he was taken to the hospital where he later died of the infection.
Musa said out of 417 personnel who have so far been tested, 26 cases turned out positive.
“On the confirmation that Gen Irefin’s COVID19 test was positive on 9 December 2020, the Chief of Army Staff directed the immediate suspension of the conference and all participants were directed to move into self isolation in line with FGN protocols on COVID 19 pandemic,” the statement read.
“Equally, comprehensive testing of all participants commenced immediately. Consequently, as at Sunday the 13th of December 2020, a total of 417 personnel have so far been tested with 26 confirmed positive cases.
“Currently, all participants are in self isolation irrespective of their results while Nigeria Centre for Disease Control recommended COVID-19 treatment drugs were immediately issued to those that tested positive.”
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