Nigerian foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama checks coronavirus positive

On Sunday, Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said he had tested positive for Covid-19 and became President Muhammadu Buhari’s first cabinet member to contract the new coronavirus. Onyeama, 64, said he had taken a Covid-19 check on Twitter due to discomfort in the throat. “Did my fourth Covid-19 test yesterday at the first sign of throat irritation and unfortunately this time it came back positive,” he tweeted. “Heading for isolation in a health facility and praying for the best.”

Buhari ‘s cabinet has essentially held executive council meetings as one of the steps to keep the government running while adhering to social distancing laws. After adopting steps to slow the spread of the virus that killed 778 people in Nigeria and infected more than 36,000, the government began a phased lockdown easing in May.

Onyeama has played a role in repatriating Nigerians stranded because of travel restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Buhari’s former chief of staff, Abba Kyari, died in April from the novel coronavirus, making him the most high profile person in the country to die from the virus.