Maj- Gen. Johnson Irefi dies and 26 Army officers test positive for COVID-19

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According to the news this morning, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Twenty-six Nigerian Army has tested positive for COVID-19 following the death of Maj.- Gen. Johnson Irefi, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division Port Harcourt.

Brig.-Gen. Sagir Musa, the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, made this known in a statement on Sunday in FCT, Abuja.

Brig.-Gen. Sagir Musa disclosed that a total number of 417 personnel had so far been tested of COVID-19 as at Sunday in line with the Chief of Army Staff’s directive that all officers who attended the just concluded COAS conference be isolated and tested.

“On the confirmation that Gen Irefin’s COVID-19 test was positive on Dec. 9, the Chief of Army Staff instructed the immediate suspension of the conference.

“And, all participants were directed to move into self-isolation in line with the Federal Government protocols on COVID 19 pandemic,” the statement read.

Brig.-Gen. Sagir Musa also noted that out of 417 personnel tested so far, 26 were confirmed positive cases.

“Currently, all participants are in self-isolation irrespective of their results while Nigeria Centre for Disease Control recommended COVID-19 treatment drugs were immediately issued to those that tested positive,” he added.

Brig.-Gen. Sagir Musa further added that all officers and soldiers working at the Army Headquarters were being tested. At the same time, COVID-19 protocols as strictly health guidelines are being enforced across all Nigerian Army units and formations.

The entire Army Headquarters complex was thoroughly fumigated on Saturday, Brig.-Gen. Sagir Musa added.

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