12 Imo Lawmakers test positive to COVID-19

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  • Plead for self-Isolation against NCDC rules
  • Iwu-led C’tte to monitor lawmakers’ isolation compliance

Twelve lawmakers of Imo State House of Assembly were among the 46 persons whose COVID-19 test results came out positive last  Thursday, been 18th June, 2020.

According to sources close to Imo COVID-19 Committee who pleaded for anonymity, the affected lawmakers requested to go on self-isolation. Their request was however, obliged by Prof. Maurice Iwuh-led Committee for reasons best known to them.

It was further revealed that the state Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma had earlier directed that all the affected lawmakers should be quarantined, but the lawmakers assured that they would not go contrary to isolation principles if allowed to go on self-isolation.

The committee however, resolved to monitor the lawmakers’ level of compliance to self-isolation through a web based application called Google map.

A Google map could be used to trace movement of persons from one place to another. It was not certain what would be the situation if they evade compliance. 

Recall that on Tuesday 16 June, 2020, samples were taken from 26 lawmakers for COVID-19 test after a lawmaker in the State Assembly was confirmed positive. Consequently, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins ordered for closure of the Assembly complex for two weeks.

The preferential treatment accorded the lawmakers’ have attracted some uncomplimentary comments from observers who feel that the lawmakers would be in breach of their agreement and nothing would happen to them.

Their fear is predicated on the fact, that politicians are ever restive people who may continue to interact with the public in one way or another and in the process unconsciously infect others. They query if world leaders like Boris Johnson, Prime Minister, of the United Kingdom could be confined in the hospital what stops our lawmakers from enjoying isolation in the recommended centers where they would be given the required attention and obtain the necessary rest for their quick recovery.

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