Nigeria has confirmed its first case of coronavirus.

LAGOS (6:00AM) — This is the type of news you’ve been hoping not to come across. Nigeria’s Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire in the early of hours of Friday announced a confirmed COVID-19 case in Lagos state. This is officially the first case to be recorded in the country and the third in Sub-saharan Africa, after Egypt and Algeria. According to the Health minister’s statement, “The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020”. 

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Osagie revealed that the patient is clinically stable with no serious symptoms, and is been treated at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos. This news comes after the World Health Organisation recently declared that African health systems were ill-equipped to respond to the deadly coronavirus outbreak should cases start to proliferate on the continent. Even though the health body has reiterated severally that the COVID-19 isn’t a pandemic yet, it now admits that the epidemic is at a decisive point. At least 83,000 people have now been infected globally, with over 2,800 dead.

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Richard Ogundiya

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