Within four months of its outbreak in Nigeria, coronavirus pandemic has not only plunged the country into financial insecurity but also many lives have been lost to the highly ravaging virus.
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Nigeria recorded its index COVID-19 case on Thursday, February 27, after an Italian man working as a consultant for a company in the country brought the virus.
Since then it has been a huge manifestation of dark days for the country as its over 200 hundred million population became threatened by the disease which is daily claiming lives in top countries of the world.
Nigeria recorded its first casualty from COVID-19 on Monday morning, March 23, signposting a tragic dive into a tough and turbulent time
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, the first casualty was a 67-year-old man who returned home following medical treatment in the United Kingdom.
The most prominent Nigerian so far known to have died of the coronavirus is Abba Kyari, the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, who died from complications of the disease on Friday, April 17.
Kyari had tested positive for the coronavirus in March after a trip to Germany and Egypt and he died three weeks after contracting the virus having been treating hypertension and other critical ailments.
Those with a higher risk of COVID-19 complication
With concentrated efforts channeled against the pandemic, NCDC has listed people with a higher risk of Covid-19 complication.
The agency, in a tweet on Monday, warned that old people are vulnerable to the attack of the coronavirus.
NCDC also warned that people battling critical ailments like cancer and diabetes are also liable to suffer coronavirus complications.
"Older people & those with pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes & cancer, are at a higher risk of complications from COVID-19," NCDC warned.
Earlier, YEN reported that health minister, Osagie Ehanire, said hypertension, diabetes, HIV, cancer, others account for 70% coronavirus deaths.
Ehanire disclosed amid a spike in fatalities and official cases of coronavirus. He also warned against self-medication amid reports Nigerians are stockpiling hydroxychloroquine.
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