President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Nigerians not to panic over the confirming of the first case of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
An Italian national on Friday tested positive to the novel Coronavirus Three days after he arrived in Nigeria through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport on February 25th 2020.
The infected man was thereafter quarantined while the federal and Lagos government launch a contact tracing process to identify everyone he might have come in contact with in the country.
Reacting to the delopment in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Sunday, President Buhari warned against undue alarm, stressing that it will do more harm than good to the country.
In the statement, the President expressed sadness about the spread of the virus into the country, “despite ardent efforts of the government regarding preparedness and response measures put in place” at the various entry points.
He, however, commended state governments and agencies at all levels for their response to the reported case.
President Buhari urged Nigerians to strictly observe the advisories disseminated by the Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation (WHO), on the best way to prevent infection