Nigeria Confirms Second Case of Coronavirus

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Nigeria has confirmed a second case of Coronavirus in the country.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, announced the second case of the Coronavius (COVID19), during a media parley held at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) on Monday.

Ehanire said the new contact is a victim who had contact with the Italian who imported the virus to Nigeria.

He said the new case is one of the person who had close contact with the Italian engineer, adding that the driver who conveyed the Italian engineer is also being quarantined.

Recall that Ministry of Heath on February 28th confirmed the first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

The patient was an Italian citizen who worked in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos on the 25th of February.

Coronavirus has infected more than 100,000 people across 91 countries globally, according to an AFP tally last Friday.

The death toll reached 3,406, while the total number of infections hit 100,002, after a surge in cases worldwide since Thursday at 1700 GMT, notably in virus hotspot Iran.

The figures were compiled from data collected by AFP offices from the competent national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The minister advised Nigerians to take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene by following these precautions:

-Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

-Maintain at least 1.5 metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

-Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance but not mix in crowd.

-Make sure you and people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene, meaning cover your mouth and nose with handkerchief or tissue or into your sleeve at the bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

-Stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing.

-Stay informed on the latest developments about COVlD-l9 through official channels on TV and Radio, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health.

The health ministry also advised Nigerians not to abuse social media and indulge in spreading misinformation that causes fear and panic.

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