Akwa Ibom: WASCE candidate tests positive for COVID-19

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Akwa Ibom State governor, Udum Emmanuel

AN unnamed candidate writing the ongoing West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) examination in Akwa Ibom State has tested positive for COVID-19.

The state governor, Udom Emmanuel, who made the disclosure on Monday in a media chat in Uyo, said the student was asymptomatic, and he took normal precautions to avoid spread.

He however said the state government had begun random testing of students in secondary schools across the state for the virus.

He said: “We have tested over 100 students and it is only one young man that tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.

“We did what we ought to do medically; I want to believe that by now, the young man should be okay.”

The governor said that he had put in place, modalities to ensure that the student did not miss out anything from the class.

He added that a government team was moving round schools to make sure that the students were safe and writing the examination while adhering to COVID-19 protocols.

“All of them are in excellent health condition because we have put everything in place to ensure that the students are quite safe,” he said.

The governor said that he had directed all his Special Assistants to go to schools across the state and monitor the level of compliance to COVID-19 safety measures.

He said he expected them “to give us first hand reports in case of any emergency.

“Students observed all COVID-19 protocols before starting their examination. We want to make sure our students are safe even while writing examination.”

Emmanuel said that he had provided over 100,000 face masks, sanitisers and all the COVID-19 support to the schools writing the examination across the state.

“Based on the report I have, I think the students in Akwa Ibom are doing well; it is left for them to reciprocate by giving us excellent WAEC results,” he said. (NAN)

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