Coronavirus: 5 new cases of infection reported in Nigeria; cases now officially 8

Coronavirus: 5 new cases of infection reported in Nigeria; cases now officially 8

- Nigeria has recorded five more cases of coronavirus (Covid-19)

- The figure of the fast-spreading deadly virus now officially stands at 8

- Four of the new five cases are Nigerians, while the fifth one is a foreign national

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Five new cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) have been officially confirmed in Nigeria, bring the number of the victims to eight as the deadly virus spreads beyond borders.

The new cases were confirmed by the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media, Tolu Ogunlesi, on Wednesday, March 18, barely twenty-four hours after the third case was reported.

In a series of tweet, Ogunlesi said four of the victims are Nigerians who just came from the United States of America and United Kingdom.

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The presidential aide also claimed that one of the four new Nigerian victims is a 6-week old baby — the youngest victim reported so far.

He added that the fifth victim is a "foreign national who came in through the land border — the first case of infection via land border in Nigeria."

Ogunlesi also disclosed that of the new five cases, four of it were reported in Lagos while the fifth case is in Ekiti state, arguably the first case of the virus in the southwest state.

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Nigeria recorded the first case of coronavirus in Lagos through an Italian national who travelled from Milan.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) immediately activated its national emergency operations centre to tackle the virus.

The second case of coronavirus was reported on Monday morning, March 9, 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.

The third Covid-19 case was disclosed by the commissioner of health in Lagos state, Professor Akin Abayomi via his official Twitter handle, @ProfAkinAbayomi, on Tuesday, March 17.

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