Not less than18 Nigerian Army generals have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), according to a Channels Television report.
Sources within the army hierarchy informed the broadcast station that the infected military officers were said to have had contact with late Major General Olu Irefin who died from COVID-19 complications last week.
The affected senior army officers, according to sources were attendees of the 2020 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre in Abuja.
The late General Irefin was said to have also visited some of his colleagues at home before he attended the conference.
All the officers who attended the conference, their wives, and other members of their families who live with them, have been directed to isolate themselves for a week by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The sources also revealed that the affected senior army officers were mostly those who came from outside Abuja and have been tested by officials of the NCDC.
However, others who were in the nation’s capital have yet to take the test for the virus.
According to the Television station, the venue of the aborted conference – the Nigerian Army Resource Centre in Asokoro – has been decontaminated by health officials at the weekend.
With Cannels Television report