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Coronavirus: Officials begin thorough screening of travelers at Lagos airport (Photos)



Health officials at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos are conducting screening on passengers arriving the country from different countries, following the outbreak of coronavirus.

We reported earlier today that the first case of the Coronavirus was confirmed in Lagos, Nigeria by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire.

Dr Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire made the announcement on Friday, 28 February, 2020. He said: “The Federal Ministry of Health @FMoHNigeria has confirmed a coronavirus disease #COVID19 case in Lagos State.

“The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020,” Health Minister Osagie Ehanire said in a statement on Twitter.

“The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.”

The disease which first broke out in China in December has affected over 80,000 people across the world, with close to 3,000 deaths.

Sources who visited the airport to monitor how checks on the virus are being conducted, revealed that screening has been intensified.

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As a reminder, here are precautions to take in order to prevent being infected;

1. Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

2. Maintain at least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

3. Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in crowd.

4. Make sure you and people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene, meaning cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or into your sleeve at the bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

5. Stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Please call NCDC toll free number which is available day and night, for guidance- 0800-970000-10. Do not engage in self-medication

6. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 through official channels on TV and Radio, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health.

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