Amid fresh restrictions and safety measures imposed by the federal government, to slow down the spread of the second wave of COVID-19, the minister of women affairs, Pauline Tallen, has contracted the pandemic.

Tallen in a statement she signed announced on Sunday, December 27, that after her interaction with persons who later tested positive for the virus was confirmed to have contracted the disease as revealed by a recent test result, The Cable reports.

However, the minister noted that coupled with the fact that she is asymptomatic to the disease, tests conducted on her family members returned negative.

She said:

“This is to inform the general public that after undergoing a test carried out on myself and members of my family, my result returned positive while that of members of my family tested negative.

“Currently, I am asymptomatic and have gone into isolation during the period of treatment. Please keep me in your prayers and I implore you all stay safe and observe all COVID-19 protocols as we grapple with this pandemic.

“I urge you all to please take responsibility for yourself and family in order to protect our dear country even more at this time.”