On Thursday 27, the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed the first case of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) case in Nigeria

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According to, Dr Osagie Enahire, Minister of health, said in a signed confirmed statement that the case was confirmed by the virology laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. This comes as the first case to be recorded in the country since the virus broke out in the epicentre, Wuhan, China in January. The carrier of the virus is an Italian citizen who returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos to work, on Tuesday, February 25.


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

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With immediate effect, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has activated its national emergency operations centre to work around the clock with Lagos state health authorities to respond to the case and implement the right and firm control measures.

“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,” the minister stated.


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