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COVID-19 In Nigeria: Lagos Announces Four New Cases

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

The Lagos State Ministry of Health has announced that the state now has four new confirmed cases of coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in Nigeria to 12.

Of the 12 cases, 11 are receiving treatment in Lagos where their tests were done while the last patient is an Ekiti State-based driver who had contact with a patient in Lagos.

The announcement of the four new cases was made by the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, during a press conference on Thursday.

This latest update comes barely 24 hours after the Ministry of Health confirmed five cases on Wednesday that took the numbers to eight.

At the press conference, Prof. Abayomi disclosed that the state is now tracing over 1300 possible contacts of those who have tested positive to the virus and that the number is increasing every day.

"Lagos confirms 4 more new cases of #COVID19 bringing the total of confirmed cases in Lagos to 11 out of which 9 are active cases," a post on the Lagos State Ministry of Health Twitter handle read.

"The 4 new cases were among the 19 suspected cases we are investigating & contacts of the new cases announced yesterday.

"The cases are: A contact of the 3rd case that came from the UK (One of the new cases announced yesterday), a female Nigerian who returned to Nigeria from France via Istanbul on a Turkish flight number TK1830 on the 14th of March, 2020, a Nigerian male in his 50s never traveled anywhere presented with symptoms and was tested positive of the virus and has been admitted and a Nigerian male who arrived in Lagos on 13th of March from Frankfort on Lufthansa Flight number LH568.

"We are appealing to everyone that were on these two airlines - Turkish flight of 14th of March, 2020 TK1830 and Lufthansa Flight of 13th of March, 2020 LH568 to self isolate and contact @LSMOH on 08000CORONA.

"As it is now, we have a combination of imported cases and local transmission. Currently, we are following over 1,300 people right now to find information about the state of their health and the number is increasing.

"We are running more test on suspected persons and contacts of confirmed cases. Call #COVID19Lagos toll Free 08000CORONA lines to report suspected cases."

On the positive side, however, the commissioner revealed that the index case, an Italian who was the first confirmed case, has recovered but will undergo one more test before he can be discharged.

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