Coronavirus: Second case confirmed by health minister in Ogun state

Coronavirus: Second case confirmed by health minister in Ogun state

- Another fresh case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Nigeria, officially bringing the number of patients to two

- Ministry of Health made the confirmation in a statement through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday morning

- The ministry claimed that the second case is a contact from the index case in Ogun state

Ministry of Health has confirmed another fresh case of coronavirus in Nigeria, bringing the number of established case to two since the outbreak of the life-threatening infection in the country.

The health ministry made the shocking confirmation on Monday morning, March 2, in a statement on the verified Twitter page of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

According to the ministry, the second case is a "contact of the index case" in Ogun state which was confirmed after testing positive to the virus from quarantine centre.

"This second case is a contact of the index case, in Ogun state. The new case has been in isolation and was tested as part of our strategy to test all contacts of the index case," the statement read. recalls the first case of the epidemic was recorded in Nigeria after an Italian national arrived Lagos with the virus.

In a statement released by the health ministry on Thursday, February 27, the Italian, who worked as a consultant at Lafarge PLC arrived Lagos from Milan and tested positive to the deadly disease.

People who had contact with him were afterwards quarantined as part of measures to put the spread under control.

Meanwhile, since its outbreak China, coronavirus, officially known as Covid-19, has been responsible for thousands of death with over 90,000 people across over 71 countries already put on the red line of the infection.

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Meanwhile, had reported that coronavirus took a graver turn in Italy as the country hit the highest number of death toll in a single day since its outbreak in China.

On Sunday, March 9, Italy confirmed 49 casualties as a result of the deadly infection while the case record rose from 5,883 to 7,375.

Similarly in Iran, all flights coming from Europe have been cancelled until further notice after the casualty level rose to 149 with cases soaring to 6,566.

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