The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, on march
8th confirmed a second case of coronavirus disease, officially known as COVID-19, in Nigeria.
He also said the Nigerian who tested positive to the disease in Washington DC was in Nigeria February, but that it was unlikely he got infected in the country.
He said: “This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to two. The newly confirmed case in Nigeria is not a new importation, but a contact of the index case, who has since been in isolation and is under clinical follow-up. The new case presently does not have any clinical symptoms but he is comfortable and in care at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Lagos.
“We have diligently and conscientiously pursued contact tracing and monitoring of people who met with the index Italian patient,” he said.
The minister had last week said 40 persons in Ogun and 20 in Lagos, who had contact with the index Italian patient, were under isolation.
He explained that those monitored have remained free of any symptoms since but that as it is with the ministry’s practice, it decided to test them for the possible presence of coronavirus, adding that one unfortunately tested positive yesterday.