UPDATED: Fresh Coronavirus case from Ogun state – Minister


Osagie Ehanire, Nigeria’s Health Minister says the newly confirmed case of coronavirus was discovered in Ogun State, south-west Nigeria.

The infected person whose gender is yet to be disclosed had come in contact with the index case, an Italian whose case was confirmed on February 27.

According to the Minister, the patient has no significant symptoms of the disease.

“The newly confirmed case is an Ogun State contact of the index case, but he has no significant clinical symptoms.

“This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria today to two,” Ehanire told a press conference on Monday.

Ehanire also stated that Nigeria has adopted some important response strategies at the containment stage since the outbreak in China and subsequent spread to other countries.

He listed the measures to include identifying all contacts, ensure their strict isolation, and following up daily with checks for any symptoms of the disease.

“It is in this process that this new case was detected,” he said, stressing, “I repeat that 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 was under clinical follow-up.”

“He presently does not have any clinical symptoms, is comfortable and in care at Infectious Disease Hospital, Lagos.

“Recent studies in China have shown that increased surveillance, self-isolation and, in particular, contact tracing do reduce the risk of spread because further opportunities for transmission of the virus by the infected patient in the community are limited,” the minister added.

Ehanire said all other contacts of the index case in Ogun and Lagos would remain in isolation and testing would be carried out on those not yet tested, including some in other states.

He briefed reporters at the boardroom of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital in Edo State.

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