Chinese man in Lagos suspected to have Coronavirus tests Negative


A Chinese national suspected to have been infected by the Coronavirus has tested negative to the infection.

The unidentified man was admitted at Reddington Hospital, Ikeja on Wednesday, after showing symptoms of the ailment.

In a statement on Thursday, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi said the likelihood of COVID-19 infection in this particular patient was very low and the conclusion of investigations and sophisticated testing confirms that there is no case of coronavirus in Lagos State as of now.

“From our investigation, we gathered that a Chinese citizen who arrived in Nigeria from China seven weeks ago presented at Reddington Hospital yesterday complaining about fever. The hospital in keeping with the advisory we earlier issued correctly maintained a high index of suspicion, isolated the patient and reported the case to the Ministry.

“We took up the case, transferred the patient to the State Isolation Unit at the Mainland Hospital which is our specialised infectious disease hospital. His blood samples were taken to the Virology laboratory for analysis and it came out negative”, the Commissioner said.

“I would like to reassure Lagosians that our vigilance levels are very high and we are putting more measures in place to safeguard the State”, Abayomi said.

The Minister also appealed to citizens to refrain from posting unverified news that can cause unnecessary anxiety in the community, adding that any information about the novel coronavirus that does not emanate from official communication channels of the Ministry of Health should be disregarded.

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