First Journalist Tests Positive for Coronavirus in Nigeria


NUJ1An unnamed journalist who is a member of the Correspondents Chapel of the Adamawa Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) tested positive for COVID-19 and became the index case in the state in April 2020.

Governor AhmaduFintiri, in a statewide broadcast on April 21, confirmed the development, saying the index case is a returnee from Kano State.

According to the governor, upon feeling sick, the journalist presented himself at the state Specialist Hospital, Yola and his samples were taken and came out positive.

It was learnt that on returning from Kano State, he immediately proceeded on self-isolation apparently due to suspicion that he had contracted the disease.

While at the Specialist Hospital in Yola, he got a call from the COVID-19 containment committee informing him that his result showed he was positive for the virus.

However, the governor disclosed that his administration had put all machinery in place to treat the reporter at the isolation centre in Yola, adding that government had commissioned a contact-tracing mechanism to locate all that had met him and get them quarantined and tested.

As a result of the development, the state NUJ directed its members to go on self-isolation for 14 days.