- A novel coronavirus case has been recorded in Lagos state
- This happens to be the first West African country to record the deadly coronavirus
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Nigeria’s health ministry has said it has confirmed a novel coronavirus case in Lagos state.
This is the third confirmed case in Africa, after Egypt and in Algeria, and first in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“The case which was confirmed on 27/02/2020 is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in China in January 2020,” the health ministry said in a post on Twitter.
Since its detection in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, the novel coronavirus, also called COVID-19, has claimed more than 2,500 lives and has infected over 80,000 people across almost 50 countries.
Nigeria was among thirteen priority countries in Africa identified as being at high risk of getting the virus because of their established links or frequent travel to and from China.
The others are Ghana, Algeria, Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that this was recorded in Algeria.
Its regional director-general for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, explained that "the window of opportunity the continent has had to prepare for Coronavirus is closing. All countries must ramp up their preparedness activities."
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