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Coronavirus: Index Case Will Be Discharged After Second Negative Test – Health Minister

A file photograph of Minister of Well being, Osagie Ehanire.


The Minister of Well being, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has mentioned that Nigeria’s first case, who’s an Italian man that not too long ago examined detrimental of Covid-19 shall be discharged after a second detrimental take a look at has been carried out on him.

The Italian has been in quarantine and receiving therapy since he was found to have contracted the virus in February.

Dr Ehanire made the announcement at a briefing in Abuja on Friday whereas giving an replace on the unfold of the virus within the nation.

He mentioned to this point Nigeria has recorded a complete of 12 instances which 9 out of the instances are from Lagos.

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He expressed concern over the inflow of contaminated travellers which have been coming into the nation.

“Nigeria is experiencing an inflow of imported COVID-19 instances by travellers together with returning Nigerians and this emphasizes the significance of self-isolation for no less than 14 days, even for those who really feel that you’re properly.

“Of the reported instances, eight are travellers from Italy, the UK, the US and France”.

The Well being Minister defined that three instances are contacts of the imported case whereas one case confirmed on Thursday has no journey historical past inside the final month however might have met with overseas guests.

He famous that the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) is working intently with Lagos, Ogun and Ekiti state authorities to hold out contact tracing.

“I emphasize that the contact tracing is essential however all I urge all states native authorities, legislation enforcement authorities and neighborhood leaders to provide full co-operation to investigators.

“Following the declaration of a pandemic by the World Well being Organisiation (WHO) and the growing unfold of the COVID-19, our technique is to detect and isolate new instances, to interrupt or cut back transmission of an infection.

To this finish, we’ve scaled up our response effort to cut back the chance of latest instances coming into Nigeria, the federal government by means of the Presidential Process Pressure on the Coronavirus introduced the prohibition of entry for travellers from 13 identified high-risk international locations and for higher management of latest arrivals, Internation travels to Nigeria has been briefly restricted.



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