The Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has tested positive to COVID-19 and has since gone into isolation.
This was made known in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, John Kalu on Monday.
He has asked his deputy, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu to continue running the affairs if the state.
“As a result,” the statement added, “Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has gone into isolation, as required by relevant NCDC protocols, and he is being managed by a competent team of medical practitioners with a view to nursing him back to good health.
“Consequent on the above, the Governor has directed his Deputy, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, to act on his behalf pending his full resumption of duties.”
The statement, therefore, called on Abians to take the fight against COVID-19 serious and said the disease is real but not a death sentence.
“Our state has the resources to manage patients back to good health,” the statement assured.