The coronavirus pandemic is a serious issue that is plaguing the world as even developed countries struggle with the spread and control of the disease.

The COVID-19 reportedly started in a city called Wuhan in China and it has now spread from the Asian country to almost all the other continents in the world.

Despite the pandemic starting in China, their country toiled and worked hard to control the disease but other countries eventually got affected. The irony however, is that China has been able to control the disease in their country to the point that things are gradually returning to normal as no new cases of the virus has been reported.

However, the same cannot be said for other parts of the world, particularly in Italy, where the death toll has continued to rise even more than China where it all started.

In Africa, the nightmare seems to just be starting. Many people were initially very relaxed about the whole coronavirus pandemic as they were of the opinion that it does not affect blacks and that the hot weather condition will not make the virus survive.

Well, time has already shown that those claims are false and that Africans are also dying just like the whites.

This stark reality seemed to start dawning on Nigerians after some popular personalities were reported to have contracted the disease.

Today, we will note 5 popular Nigerians who have tested positive for COVID-19:

1.Abba Kyari (President Buhari’s chief of staff): On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, it was gathered that Abba Kyari has tested positive for coronavirus. He is also reportedly already receiving treatment in Abuja.

According to reports, Kyari visited Germany on March 7, 2020, to meet with Siemens officials to discuss electricity expansion in the country.

2.Atiku Abubakar’s son: On March 22, 2020, the former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, took to Twitter to reveal that his son has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.

Atiku also asked that Nigerians pray for his son’s health and that the virus is indeed real.

3.Bala Mohammed (Governor of Bauchi State): The governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, is also on the list of influential Nigerians who have contracted the coronavirus.

The governor reportedly met with Atiku Abubakar’s son and shook hands with him. Atiku’s son also tested positive for the virus.

4.Frank Okiye (Edo state speaker): A speaker of the Edo state house of assembly, Frank Okiye, has also tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The deputy governor of the state, Phillip Shuaibu, revealed this information to journalists on March 26. Okiye reportedly recently arrived from the UK and immediately went into isolation till his test was taken and he was confirmed positive.

5.AMVCA guest: The Lagos state commissioner for health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, recently took to Twitter to alert guests who attended the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA), to stay in isolation and also contact the government if they come down with coronavirus symptoms because a fellow guest at the event has tested positive.

Report had initially made the rounds about a celebrity photographer who attended the AMVCA after returning from abroad and that he was reluctant to get tested despite feeling sick. He is said to have also gone clubbing after the award show.