Nigeria Records First Case of Coronavirus in Lagos, from Italian Citizen

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Nigeria has recorded the first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Lagos from an Italian citizen.
This was disclosed last night by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire who said the case was confirmed February 27.
The statement from the Ministry of Health said, “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. The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.”
He however assured that his Ministry has been working hard to ensure the control the outbreak of the disease in Nigeria.
He called on Nigerians to ensure high level hygiene to protect themselves and their families from any such disease.
Particularly, he urged Nigerians to maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves.
The Health Ministry issued the following guidance:
“1. Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
2. Maintain at least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
3. Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in crowd.
4. Make sure you and people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene, meaning cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or into your sleeve at the bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
5. Stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Please call NCDC toll free number which is available day and night, for guidance- 0800-970000-10. Do not engage in self-medication
6. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 through official channels on TV and Radio, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health”.
Meanwhile, the Vice President of Iran for Women and Family Affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar, has been reported to have tested positive to the coronavirus, according to news reports.
Iran currently has 245 confirmed cases with 26 deaths.


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