This was disclosed by Ehanire Osagie, minister of health, during a media briefing on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said a detailed travel history of each case is being compiled and that contact tracing has begun. He also said the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), through its emergency operations centre, is supporting responses in the states.

“The federal ministry of health is conducting a risk assessment to initiate other relevant measures,” he said.

“The federal ministry of health through the NCDC will continue to provide accurate updates & take the necessary measures to protect the health of Nigerians We ask that the public refrain from spreading false information while we all engage in proper hand & respiratory hygiene to prevent COVID-19 spread.”

The country now has a total number of eight confirmed cases.

He said four of the patients are Nigerians while one is a US citizen, and that while one case is in Ekiti and other cases are in Lagos.

Three of the patients, including a mother and her six-week-old baby, came from the United States while the other two came from the UK. The American was said to have come through one of Nigeria’s land borders.