The Nigerian army has confirmed that 26 senior officers have been tested positive for COVID-19 following a meeting early last week which was attended by an officer who later died of the virus.
In a statement released late Sunday, army spokesperson Sagir Musa said a total of 417 personnel had been tested as of Sunday, and 26 samples returned positive.
“Currently, all participants are in self isolation irrespective of their results while Nigeria Center for Disease Control recommended COVID-19 treatment drugs were immediately issued to those that tested positive,” he said.
Musa said the tests have been conducted following the death of Johnson Irefin, an army officer based in Port Harcourt in south Nigeria, who had shown symptoms of the virus when he attended the Chief of Army Staff Conference in Abuja, together with other senior army officers from across the country.
A test later confirmed Irefin had COVID-19, who died last Thursday, triggering the shutdown of the conference, according to the spokesperson.
The entire army headquarters complex was thoroughly fumigated on Saturday, Musa said.