Coronavirus Confirmed in Lagos Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed the first case of Coronavirus also known as COVID-19 in Lagos, the economic hub of Nigeria two months after its outbreak in Wuhan, China.

The federal government agency announced on Friday, February 28, 2020, that the first case was confirmed on 27th of February 2020.

According to NCDC, the patient “is clinically stable and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital Yaba. The agency assured Nigerians that “measures are in place to respond appropriately” and the agency is working with Lagos State Ministry of Health to “identify contacts and initiate response accordingly”.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of NCDC, tweeted that the case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020. He was confirmed by the Virology Lab of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Lab. network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

This means that Nigeria is the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to have a confirmed record of the deadly outbreak.

In China, the epicentre of the outbreak, 44 new deaths were reported only on Thursday,  February 26, 2020, bringing to 2,788 the number of deaths in the country so far.

Authorities in China reported that 327 new confirmed cases were recorded on Thursday only, down from 433 on Wednesday, raising the total number of infections to 78,824.

Meanwhile, to keep the world updated on the development of the outbreak in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria has announced that there will be daily updates which would commence today at the Honorable Ministry of Health conference room, 1st floor, FMOH headquarters, Abuja.

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