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National Pandemic Controller for Covid-19 and Police Commissioner David Manning has tested positive to Covid-19 and is currently in isolation.
A statement just released said two family members have also tested positive and are also in isolation.
Manning said their Covid-19 statuses were confirmed on Saturday, February 20.
“Given the nature of my job as the Controller and the high level of exposure this was bound to happen sooner or later,” he said.
“As per Covid-19 protocols we are now in isolation. The only people who will have access to us will be the medical teams from the National Department of Health.
“The Surveillance and Monitoring team of NDOH have also begun contact tracing as well. All those people whom I have had contact with in the recent past will be tested as well.”
Manning said that he has always been impressing upon the need for citizens to do Covid-19 tests so that they can know their status and protect their family.
“I have been telling people to be tested for Covid-19 and as the Controller I had to take the test. I am glad I did so I am now taking measures to protect my family.
“I urge everyone to go to your nearest health centre and get tested. It is by knowing your status you can then take steps to protect your loved ones, especially the most vulnerable including the old and those with existing medical conditions.
“Do not be afraid. Covid-19 is like getting the flu but it is five times worse and lasts a bit longer. Being tested positive for Covid-19 is not a death sentence. Statistics have indicated most people have recovered from Covid-19,” Manning said.
He has reminded citizens to be vigilant and strictly follow all the Covid-19 health protocols including the wearing of face masks, social distancing, avoiding crowds, coughing into elbows and washing or sanitizing of hands.