By Joshua Olomu, Abuja/Ariwodola Idowu, Ado Ekiti/ Stanley Nwanosike, Enugu,
March 28, 2020
Ace Nigerian music star David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, says he has decided to go into self-isolation as his fiancée, Chioma, has tested positive to the coronavirus.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Davido disclosed this in a series of tweets on Friday evening on his verified Twitter handle.
The “Assurance” crooner explained that the duo recently returned to Nigeria from their foreign trips without symptoms.
They, however, decided to take the COVID-19 test alongside close associates.
He said: “I came back recently from America after cancelling (my) tour.
“My fiancée Chioma also came back from London recently with our baby.
“We had no symptoms and still both feel perfectly fine but because of our recent travel history, we decided to take ourselves and our close associates we’ve come in recent contact with for the COVID-19 test on the 25th of March.
“Unfortunately, my fiancée’s result came back positive while all 31 others tested negative, including our baby.
“We are however doing perfectly fine and she is even still yet to show any symptoms whatsoever.
“She is now being quarantined and I have also gone into full self-isolation for the minimum 14 days.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank you all for your endless love and prayers in advance and to urge everyone to please stay at home as we control the spread of this virus.
“Together we can beat this.”
Davido and Chioma are now the first Nigerian celebrities to confirm and publicly declare their status in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
NAN reports that the development has generated reactions from Davido’s fans and industry watchers on Twitter, with many expressing sympathy and praying for speedy recovery of Chioma.
Engineer Tolu @tolutezzy wrote: “Davido’s Chioma is tested positive for Covid-19, This is disheartening , what is the assurance I don’t have or you don’t have too because some of us have not done test.
“ Please I think this is the right time for all of us to stay at home and isolate ourself for 14 days…”
Danny Walter@Danny Walter wrote: ”We cover Chioma and Davido with the Blood of Jesus…”
Also, @AsiwajuLerry said: “ Davido just confirmed that Chioma is positive for Coronavirus, a nursing mother fgs. Can this Disease stop already???
“Stay Safe David and the rest of the family.Wishing her Quick Recovery as well.”
Another Twitter user@pengmanmodel wrote:”Oh….Davido’s fiancé, Chioma has tested positive for Covid-19 ! Apparently she’s not showing any symptoms but David has decided to go into isolation for 14 days.
“They were all at Mayorkun’s crib for his birthday. The whole DMW crew needs to self isolate! No joke!!”
The governor, who disclosed this on his verified twitter handle, said he offered himself to be tested through the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) after coming into contact with some high profile personalities who had turned out positive.
” I just received my test result from NCDC and it is negative.
” Thanks to all for your concern. This, however, calls for continued vigilance on the part of everyone.
” Covid-19 is real and we cannot afford to be complacent,” Fayemi said.
The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that Fayemi had shortly after going into self isolation doused apprehension over his status.
Fayemi had urged Ekiti residents not to panic over the development, saying he took the precautionary measures of going into isolation to prevent further spread of the disease in the state.
In Enugu, the State Government has confirmed two positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Dr Ifeanyi Agujiobi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, confirmed the development in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Saturday.
“It is important to inform the public that the patients voluntarily contacted the Enugu State Ministry of Health on arrival from United Kingdom (UK) and requested for the COVID-19 test which came out positive.
“So far, the patients have remained in isolation and the Enugu State Multi Sectoral Rapid Response Team has commenced contact tracing.
“The Enugu State Government expresses her gratitude to these patients who reported to the Enugu State Ministry of Health following the announcement that all returnees from overseas in the last 14 days should report for evaluation.
“We still wish to encourage all those that returned recently from overseas to contact the Enugu State Public Health Department through these dedicated lines – 08182555550 or 09022333833,’’ he said.
The permanent secretary urged the general public not to panic as health personnel have been positioned to respond to the situation.
He called on all residents to observe high level of personal hygiene, maintain the social distance protocol and stay at home.