The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday said it is aware of a patient in Enugu suspected to have contracted COVID-19.
The Nigeria health agency said on its Twitter handle @NCDCgov that it was one of several alerts it receives daily at the National COVID-19 Emergency Operations Centre.
It said “the patient is in isolation, sample collected and results expected tomorrow (Monday)”.
NCDC was said to have been notified of the suspected case by the Enugu State Government after a woman who had just returned from the UK reported at the hospital after feeling sick.
TVC had earlier reported that the permanent secretary of the state’s ministry of health, Ifeanyi Agujiobi, said that the sample from the suspected case had been sent for further investigations.
Mr Agujiobi said that the suspected case had been in the UK in the last five months and came into Enugu through Owerri on March 11 to see her son.
Mr Agujiobi added that the suspected case was being closely monitored and the results awaited for further action by the government.
Since the onset of the coronavirus which originated from China in December, Nigeria has so far reported only two confirmed cases.
The index case was in an Italian businessman who had flown into the country for business. The second case, which was asymptomatic, was one of the people who had contacts with the Italian.
As of March 13, the situation report from NCDC indicated that no new case has since been confirmed in the country.
Also, it stated that apart from the index case, 43 people have so far been screened for Covid-19 in seven states – Edo, FCT, Kano, Lagos, Ogun, Rivers, and Yobe.
Out of them, 41 tested negative and have been ruled out, the result is pending for one and the other, the contact of the index case, previously positive but now negative.
The second confirmed case who was a contact of the index case, has tested negative twice, cleared of the virus and discharged to go home.
While Nigeria awaits the pending results, the number of infected people across the world have continued to increase erratic.
Although the first case was imported into the country, the federal government has said there is no reason yet to ban any flight, passport or nationality from entering the country.
As of Sunday 13:25 GMT, a total of 162,392 Covid-19 cases have been reported in 156 Countries with 6,068 deaths.
Although people have been recovering from the virus (75,967 so far) the number of infections has continued to soar across countries.
The World Health Organisation last week declared the outbreak a pandemic because of the severity of disease and its spread.
It had also accused many governments of inaction and called for more commitment in the fight against the disease.
JUST IN: Davido tests negative for coronavirus after second test
Nigerian Music superstar, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido has tested negative for coronavirus after a second test was carried out on him. Davido had reported on Friday 28th of March that his girlfriend, Chioma Avril Rowland (a.k.a Chef Chioma) tested positive to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Today, 1st of April, he revealed in a tweet that he had once again, tested negative to the virus.
The music star had narrated that he came back recently from America after cancelling his tour due to coronavirus pandemic, his fiancé Chioma also came back from London recently with their baby, Ifeanyi. They had no symptoms of the virus but because of their recent travel history, they decided to take all close associates in recent contact with for the COVID-19 test on the 25th of March. Unfortunately, his fiancé’s results came back positive while all 31 others tested came back negative including their baby. His fiancé Chioma has since been isolated and is receiving treatment.
Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/04/just-in-davido-tests-negative-for-coronavirus-after-second-test/
Governor Seyi Makinde Of Oyo State Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has tested positive for Coronavirus.
Mr. Makinde is now the latest Governor to have contracted the virus bringing the number of infected Governors to three.
He made the announcement via his Twitter handle.
”I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result. It is POSITIVE. I am asymptomatic and will continue to self-isolate.”
“I have designated Prof Temitope Alonge, former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, as the Head of COVID-19 Task Force while I recover fully. Please continue to comply with all the directives from the COVID-19 Task Force. Stay home, stay safe.”
Billionaire, Femi Otedola to donate N1 Billion to help Nigeria fight Coronavirus
Billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola has revealed that he will donate the sum of One billion Naira to help Nigeria tackle the coronavirus outbreak.
As of this moment, the total number of confirmed cases in the country is 65 with the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed revealing that there could be even more cases, as practitioners are using ‘contact tracing’ to find over 4,000 more potential cases.
So far, Nigeria has been doing all it can to contain the virus but only 1 life has been claimed from the virus in the country
In more developments to curb the spread of the virus, state governments shut down activities and encouraged residents to self-isolate.
In the meanwhile, affluent Nigerians and other top firms have been donating to fund the fight against the virus. Popular Nigerian billionaire, Femi Otedola just recently announced his intention on social media.
The Billionaire generously followed in the footsteps of fellow billionaire, Tony Elumelu as the country unites to battle the global pandemic.
Otedola wrote on social media ;
“I will be donating 1 billion naira towards the eradication of COVID-19 across Nigeria.”
“We must all do what we can to flatten the curve.”
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