Nigeria’s Women Affairs Minister Pauline Tallen tests positive for COVID-19

Pauline Tallen
Dame Pauline Tallen

Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen has gone on self-isolation after she tested positive for Covid-19.

Tallen, who personally disclosed her status in a statement, said she is asymptomatic.

The minister’s statement read: “Following interaction with individuals that later show asymptomatic sign of COVID-19, I was advised by my medical team to undergo the test and self-isolate for observation over the past few days.

“This is to inform the general public that after undergoing a test carried out on myself and members of my family, my result returned positive while that of members of my family tested negative.

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“Currently, I am asymptomatic and have gone into isolation during the period of treatment. Please keep me in your prayers and I implore you all to stay safe and observe all COVID-19 protocols as we grapple with this pandemic.

“I urge you all to please take responsibility for yourself and your family in order to protect our dear country even more at this time.”

The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC), had, on Satirday, reported 829 new infections of COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

On the NCDC’s website, the data released showed that since the beginning of the outbreak in Nigeria, February 2020, more than 925,215 samples have been tested in the country.

With the new infections, the NCDC said the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria rose to 83,576, with 70,495 discharged cases and 1,247 deaths.