Latest News On Coronavirus In Nigeria
After the first confirmed case of coronavirus disease in Lagos State, the Federal Government has revealed that as at March 1, there is no new confirmed case in the country.
Out of about 14 tests that were carried out, only the Italian citizen who works as a consultant in Nigeria, from Milan, Italy, tested positive to the disease.
Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said the number of identified contacts of the index case in Lagos and Ogun states are 19 and 39 respectively. This makes a total of 58 people who have had contact with the index case under supervised self-isolation.
“Currently, the contacts of the index case are identified as 19 contacts in Lagos and 39 contacts in Ogun State. Both Ogun and Lagos states have activated their emergency operations centre (EOCs).
“As at March 1, there is no new confirmed case in Nigeria. About 14 tests have been done, and except that one patient, no other person has been diagnosed.
“We have also deployed rapid response teams from the NCDC who are working closely with all the states. It is important that all Nigerians focus on the facts not fear and not to generate panic.
“The condition of the patient in Lagos is good and information from doctors particularly handling him is that his condition appears to be the mild one.”
“For those who have serious illness such as cough and catarrh, and have to do an examination, I can understand that such a person is given masks. Anyone with chronic cough and catarrh must see a doctor and stay home.
NEW UPDATE MARCH 3RD 2020 AT 4:31PM
The Commissioner for Health in Ogun State, Dr Tomi Coker, on Tuesday, hinted that the state had two suspected cases of COVID-19 in the last 48 hours but have tested negative.
She said this while leading the World Health Organisation, Africa Regional Office and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control team on a working visit to the Office of the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun, in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
The working visit was said to be in respect of the index Coronavirus case traced to an Italian national victim, who worked as a consultant to a company in the State.
The Commissioner, who gave updates on the state government’s readiness, said, “We have had two cases over the weekend that have proven negative, and we have also had to investigate more in the last 48 hours but they turned out to be negative cases.”
Meanwhile, Lagos State has quarantined and tested a Chinese national who arrived in the country via an Ethiopian Airline plane.
The Commissioner for Health in the state, Professor Akin Abayomi, said the Chinese has been moved to the Lagos State Isolation Centre for the novel coronavirus test.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said on Tuesday that the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, has been quarantined for 14 days.
Ehanire stated this when he appeared before the Senate leadership to provide an update on the activities of his ministry to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.
He told the Senate principal officers that Ihekweazu was quarantined because he just returned from China.
He said the standard practice was for anyone coming into Nigeria to be quarantined for 14 days before mingling with other members of the public.