Panic in Lagos as Nigeria confirms first Coronavirus

29 Février, 2020, 03:31 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Lagos confirms first case of coronavirus in Nigeria

Dr Clement Peter, the Officer-in-Charge of World Health Organisation (WHO) in Nigeria, has commended Federal Government's efforts "to the timely response to the first case of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) in the country".

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

Abayomi said officials were working to identify all of the man's contacts in Nigeria.

The case has prompted a scramble by authorities in Africa's most populous country to try to "meet and observe" all who arrived on the same flight as the Italian and to identify the places he visited before going to the hospital.

The governor said that the state, in collaboration with the National Centre For Disease Control (NCDC), the federal government and all relevant bodies, is doing its utmost to fight against the spread of the disease.

There were also calls on financial institutions and other businesses to beef up preventive measures in their premises to curtail the spread of the virus.

Algeria, Egypt, and Nigeria, have reported one case each, leaving experts fearing that many more cases could be going unreported.

It has spread to another 46 countries, where about 3,700 cases and 57 deaths have been reported, according to the WHO.

Meanwhile, information available to YEN.com.gh shows that the first case of the coronavirus has been recorded in Africa.

This makes Nigeria the third country with the disease in Africa.

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Still, signs in China offered hope that the outbreak could be contained.

He is said to have returned from Milan on February 25.

Four people have died and more than 210 people been infected across Japan.

"The Ebola outbreak taught us a lot of lessons", the director of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, wrote in a commentary for The Conversation last month.

A World Health Organization mission to Iran - which has now reported 388 cases and 34 deaths - is supposed to start work early next week, and is still being put together, he said.

The coronavirus has killed more than 2,800 people and infected more than 83,000 worldwide - the vast majority in China - since it emerged apparently from an animal market in Wuhan, China, in late December previous year. They are "in good care" under treatment in Japan, the institute said. South Africa said it was informed by Japanese authorities Tuesday after the quarantine on the ship ended.

He said the government would intensify screening at points of entry to prevent further importation of the virus.

Several African carriers, including Kenya Airways, have suspended flights to China even though Nairobi allowed a China Southern plane carrying 239 passengers to land in the country on Wednesday, February 26.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered that expansion to be completed within a week instead.

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