Lagos – Nigeria records its first case of the coronavirus disease on the 27/02/2020.
According to a tweet from the official Twitter handle of the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria, it reported first coronavirus case in Lagos, Nigeria since it broke our in the city of Wuhan, China in January 2020.
The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed a coronavirus(Covid-19) case in Lagos State Nigeria. 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 @WHO @BBCWorld #CoronaVirusUpdates pic.twitter.com/uF79NYzvAz
— Federal Ministry of Health, NIGERIA (@Fmohnigeria) February 27, 2020
As cited on the press release, “The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020. He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.”
BBC News already reported that more than 80,000 people in more than 40 countries have been infected by the Coronavirus.
The symptoms of the virus are flu-like, accompanied by fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. Like most diseases, COVID-19 is thought to spread from human to human through contact with saliva and mucus.
According to the CDC, COVID-19 was first detected on December 8, 2019, in Wuhan City and has expanded to other areas. In China, there are 78,000 confirmed cases from COVID-19 and have claimed over 2700 of lives.
In addition from the press release, “The Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Health, has been strengthening measures to ensure an outbreak in Nigeria is controlled and contained quickly. The multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has immediately activated its National Emergency Operations Centre and will work closely with Lagos State Health authorities to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.”