A second life has been lost to the novel coronavirus in Nigeria, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has confirmed.
In a press statement, the minister stated that the deceased who passed on over the weekend had an underlying illness.
“As of today, the 30th of March, 2020, we have recorded 111 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria. Of which 68 are in Lagos, 21 in the FCT, seven in Oyo, three in Ogun, two in Bauchi, two in Edo, two in Osun, two in Enugu, and one each in Benue, Ekiti, Kaduna and Rivers States," the statement read.
“The majority of them are persons who came from overseas and the others have been traced as close contacts of such returnees.
“Till date, three persons have been discharged after successful treatment. But sadly, another fatality was recorded over the weekend in the person of a patient who had severe underlying illnesses.
“We have intensified contact tracing and our strategy remains to promptly detect cases, isolate them, and follow up with their contacts and also isolate and treat, in order to reduce the spread of the infection.”
Recall that weeks ago, Nigeria recorded its first death to the virus which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
The victim was 67-year-old former Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, Suleiman Achimugu, who had returned from the United Kingdom. He died on March 23, 2020.