January 27, 2023

Plateau Governor works from home after contracting covid-19; might restore “measures” for public safety

Gov. Lalong (middle)

Officials in Plateau State say Governor Simon Lalong is in “stable” condition, after testing positive for covid-19 on Thursday.

The Governor is asymptomatic, said the State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Nimkom Lar, in a press conference on Friday.
Lalong was announced to have tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, following a test he underwent with his family.
Only the Governor’s result returned positive, said a press statement by the Director, Press and Public Affairs to the Governor, Simon Macham.
The Governor immediately went into isolation, to work from home until he recovers.
But the rising infections in the State are a source of worry. “People are not adhering to COVID-19 Protocols,” said the Health Commissioner, Mr. Lar.
“People are nonchalant and indifferent about COVID-19, but I want to call on them to take responsibility and adhere to all health protocols” he said.
The situation does not call for lockdown, but government might consider “measures” if people keep to disobeying guidelines, said the State Commissioner of Information and Communication, Mr. Dan Manjang.
“People must exercise caution,” said Manjang.
He particularly warned Religious centers against breaching safety protocols.
“Religious institutions in the State are not complying to laid down protocols. They don’t observe social distancing, people don’t wear face masks; no provision of water, soaps for washing hands and hand sanitizers,” he said.