The governor of Delta state in southern Nigeria, Ifeanyi Okowa, has been confirmed positive for the novel coronavirus.

Olisa Ifeajika, the governor spokesperson, said in a statement on Wednesday the development was sequel to the tests conducted on the governor and his wife Edith after a few days of self-isolation.

The governor and his wife had earlier proceeded on self-isolation after their daughter tested positive for the virus last week.

According to the spokesperson, the couple are in stable condition and have begun necessary treatment.

Ifeajika said the governor has assured that his administration would not relent in its efforts at combating the virus in the state.

He urged the public to support the state government in that regard by complying with prescribed protocols by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control(NCDC).

According to the NCDC, the state has reported 965 confirmed cases with 190 recoveries and 23 deaths as of Tuesday. Nigeria saw 561 new cases on Tuesday, with total confirmed cases standing at 25,694.

The Nigerian government on Monday continued to ease lockdown measures implemented earlier and announced an end to a ban on inter-state movements across the country, though a nationwide curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. and mandatory use of face masks in public places remain in place.

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