Buhari’s senior aide has tested positive for coronavirus as cases of the virus in Aso Rock increases.

Onyxnewsng reports that the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has revealed that an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari has contracted the COVID-19 pandemic.

The minister of health, who said this on Thursday at a press briefing in Abuja, stated that the aide was already undergoing some treatment.

He is receiving treatment at a secured government facility somewhere in Nigeria. He is not in any of the known isolation centres because he is not in the fourth category.”

The health minister also said the government may introduce more measures towards curbing the spread of the virus if the need arises. And he urged Nigerians to report cases of people who just got back to the country from high index countries and urged them to also practise social distancing.

Ehanire said the ministry was grading the coronavirus cases that were presented before it to avoid its facilities being overcrowded. He said the confirmed cases were in four categories and that about 80 per cent who tested positive do not display the symptoms, adding that severe cases that require oxygen support and ventilators will be taken to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja, assuring that all cases would be well taken care of.

He said: “We are grading our cases very carefully, that’s why we don’t have overcrowding yet, depending on the severity of the case; otherwise, one isolation centre will be filled up if we mix all the cases together,” he said.

He continued: “We have four categories as regards coronavirus response and treatment. It has been established that, in most cases, 80 per cent of people who tested positive to the virus don’t display symptoms.

“However, the four categories are; no symptom category, mild symptoms category, moderate symptom category and severe symptoms category, which most times, require oxygen or ventilator for treatment of such patient. But so far, we have not had any such cases in Nigeria.

“It’s patients that are on severe symptoms category that are referred to isolation centre at University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada, Abuja or elsewhere in the country.

“We have graded the cases and that was why UATH or other isolation centres are not crowded. Other categories are kept at facilities where they are given adequate treatment.

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