Nigeria’s Record Jumps to 35 as 5 Cases Emerge

Five new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Nigeria, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced.

2 in FCT, 2 in Lagos and 1 in Edo.

2 cases are returning travellers from the UK as at 09:45 am on 23rd March, there are 35 confirmed cases of COVID19 in Nigeria.

2 have been discharged.

Former vice president Atiku Abubakar announced on Twitter on Monday morning that one of his children tested positive for the virus.

NCDC had raised alarm over the influx of people from countries with high cases of coronavirus saying “they are the biggest source of transmission.”

“Our biggest source of risk in travellers returning from high-risk countries are expected to self-isolate for 14 days.

Our appeal to Nigerians is to take responsibility and prevent further transmission of the virus. Collective action is critical to control spread,” NCDC said on Twitter.

Lagos State Director of Epidemiology, Biosecurity and Global Health, Dr. Ismail Abdul-Salam, recently said that on a daily basis, not less than 38,000 people came into the country through the ports while 730 of this number are from coronavirus high-risk countries.

A breakdown of cases by states in real time currently:

Lagos- 24

FCT- 6

Ogun- 2

Ekiti- 1

Oyo- 1

Edo- 1

Omolara Omosanya

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