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Second case of coronavirus confirmed in Lagos, Nigeria

by Ayodeji Onibalusi
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Both the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Lagos State Government have confirmed the second case of coronavirus 2019 (COVID19) in the country.

On Monday 9th March 2020, the Governor of Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the confirmation of the second patient who was infected after coming into contact with the Italian who brought in the virus into the country.


“Dear Lagosians, in line with our promise to update you regularly on issues around #COVID19, a second case has been confirmed. This case is someone who had direct contact with the Italian patient. The good news is that the patient was in isolation & under constant monitoring,” Governor Sanwo-Olu tweeted.


In announcing the confirmation of the second case of the coronavirus patient in Nigeria, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, in a press conference in Benin City, Edo State revealed that the patient had contact with the Italian who brought the infection into the country.

“It is my duty, therefore, to announce a new case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria,” said Dr Osagie Ehanire.

“One of the important response strategies at the containment stage has been to identify all contacts, ensure their strict isolation, and to follow up daily with checks for any symptoms of the disease.

“Following recent experience from other countries and evident from newly published studies on non-symptomatic infections, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), advised that samples should be taken from all contacts of the index case for testing.

“It is in this process that these two cases were detected.”

Recall that the first case of the coronavirus was confirmed in Nigeria on the 28 of February 2020, when an Italian whose identity is still yet to be confirmed, came into Nigeria and tested positive for the infection.


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