Thirteen members of the Imo State House of Assembly have contracted the novel Coronavirus also known as COVID-19.
The Spokesman of the State Taskforce on COVID-19, Chinedu Iwuala confirmed this to newsmen on Tuesday.
He said the test samples of the test which was carried out on the 27 members of the House by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) 13 of them tested positive for Covid-19.
Iwuala who did not disclose further details of the affected lawmakers who have gone on self-isolation.
But Emeka Ahaneku, the Special Adviser on Media to the Speaker, said only three out of the 27 Lawmakers members tested positive.
He said that many Staff and members, who had undergone the test on Monday, turned out negative.
“It is true that there are incidences of COVID -19 in the House but they are not up to five. The number people are quoting is outrageous,” Nation quoted him to have said.
“A lot of Staff and members were tested on Monday and results are yet to be released. So I don’t know where they are getting the number they are quoting”.
Last week, Collins Chiji, the Speaker, had ordered a lockdown of the Assembly complex after one Lawmaker tested positive for COVID-19.
Chiji had said had said fumigation of the Assembly complex would begin immediately.