Coronavirus – Nigeria records first case


The Ministry of Health in Lagos State has confirmed the first case of the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Punch reports.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, confirmed this in a statement released Friday morning.

According to Punch, it is the first in West Africa and the second confirmed case in Africa since the deadly disease broke out in China in January 2020.

The fast spreading novel virus have been reported in over 20 countries across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and lately in Africa.

The victim, an Italian traveller whose name was not identified, arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday from Milan on a business trip.

He is now being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

The Lagos State Government said it has reported it to the Federal Ministry of Health.

The statement from the government read,
“The case is an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria on the 25th of February from Milan, Italy for a brief business visit.

“He fell ill on the 26th February and was transferred to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing. COVID-19 infection was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

“The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.”

The state government said it is working with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and other preparedness groups to ensure the case is effectively managed out of circulation.


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