Coronavirus Hits Nigeria: How Italian Imported COVID-19 Into Lagos

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The Nigerian government has announced a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Lagos State, Nigeria.

The Federal Ministry of Health confirmed the positive test of coronavirus in Nigeria, Friday morning, in a statement signed by Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health.

The case, recorded on the Thursday 27th of February 2020, is the first to be reported in Nigeria since the outbreak in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

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The minister’s statement disclosed 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 Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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

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The Nigerian government said it has been strengthening measures to ensure an outbreak in Nigeria is controlled and contained quickly.

It noted that the multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group led by the NCDC has immediately activated its national Emergency Operations Centre and will work closely with Lagos State Health authorities to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.

The minister added: “I wish to assure all Nigerians that have we have been beefing up our preparedness capabilities since the first confirmation of cases in China, and we will use all the resources made available by the government to respond to this case.

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