The Fedeal Government has confirmed five new cases of coronavirus in Nigeria. This was disclosed by Ehanire Osagie, minister of health, during a media briefing on Wednesday in Abuja.
Osagie said the patients had a travel history to the United Kingdom and the United States. He said four of the patients are Nigerians while one is a US citizen, and that while one case is in Ekiti and other cases are in Lagos.
Three of the patients, including a mother and her six-week-old baby, came from the United States while the other two came from the UK. The American was said to have come through one of Nigeria’s land borders.
The health minister said all cases are being followed up and supported by state health authorities and he asked the public to remain calm because health response activities have been intensified across the country. The country now has a total number of eight confirmed cases.
The federal government banned religious gatherings of over 50 worshippers as part of measures to contain the virus. It also advised Nigerians to cancel all travels abroad, especially to all high-risk countries. The government also restricted entry into the country for travellers from 13 countries, including China, the UK and the US. The travel ban will kick in from Saturday.
All 5 cases had a travel history to the UK/USA
We urge Nigerians to remain calm as public health response activities are intensified across the country pic.twitter.com/yoKLHXoxhq
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 18, 2020
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