The minister of health, Osagie Enahire, on Saturday confirmed that Nigeria has recorded 10 new cases of Coronavirus including three in the federal capital territory, Abuja.
“Nigeria has recorded 10 new cases of #COVID19 in Lagos and FCT,” the Minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said in a tweet. “That is a total of 22 cases in Nigeria,” he tweeted.
According to the minister, Lagos has 16 cases, while the FCT has three cases. Ogun state and Ekiti also have two and one cases respectively.
“Two have been discharged. All cases are clinically stable and receiving adequate care.” the Minister said.
The index case is an official of the Federal Inland Revenue Service and was one of the passengers on the British Airways’ flight that landed on March 13, 2020, PUNCH reports.
A medical doctor told The PUNCH that the three patients had been moved to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital.
He said, “The bad news is that three samples from the FCT (Federal Capital Territory) suspected cases tested positive for coronavirus. We have got in touch with the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital and we are moving them immediately. We will give more details as soon as possible concerning their flights, contact tracing, and other protocols.
“COVID-19 is in Abuja now. One of the passengers on the British Airways’ flight works with the FIRS and he is among those who tested positive. His wife tested negative. We are hoping that all biometric sign-in at the FIRS headquarters in Wuse Zone 5 stops with immediate effect.”
Confirming the incident, NCDC via their official twitter account wrote; “@Fmohnigeria has confirmed 10 new cases of #COVID19 in #Nigeria. Of the 10 new cases, 3 are in the Federal Capital Territory and 7 are in Lagos. 9 out of the 10 cases have travel history outside Nigeria in the last one week. The 10th case is a close contact of a confirmed case.”