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Coronavirus: NCDC Confirms Five New Cases in Nigeria; Making 51

Nigeria on Wednesday night has announced new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 51, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has disclosed.

The NCDC via its twitter handle said, “On the 25th March 25, 2020, five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 was recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 51 cases have been confirmed, two cases have been discharged and one death from COVID-19 recorded in Nigeria

“2 in FCT, 2 in Lagos & 1 in Rivers… 3 are returning travellers into Nigeria & 2 are close contacts of a confirmed case”

Meanwhile, eight states have been confirmed in Nigeria since the first case of Coronavirus disease was reported in Nigeria with at least one case.

Nigeria recorded its first case of Covid-19 after an Italian national tested positive to the virus on February 27.

As of Wednesday evening, Nigeria has recorded 51 cases, including one death.

The disease has caused the death of over 15,000 people globally.

States with confirmed cases

Following the confirmation of two new cases on Wednesday, eight states in Nigeria now have at least one case.

The states are:

  • Lagos- 32 cases,
  • FCT – 10,
  • Ogun – 3,
  • Ekiti-1,
  • Oyo-1,
  • Edo-1,
  • Bauchi-1,
  • Osun-1,
  • Rivers – 1

Lagos State, which has the highest number of confirmed cases in the country, has directed that all markets selling non-essential products or life-saving items should close for seven days, effective Thursday.

The governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, gave the directive on Tuesday as part of new measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state.

So far, most of the infected people are those who have recently returned to the country from high-risk countries.

More cases of COVID-19 are still expected to be reported in the country.

The government has intensified contact tracing to track those who might have been in contact with the infected people, some of whom have already found and tested positive to the virus.

Two government officials have so far tested positive for the virus.

Abba Kyari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, was the first to test positive. The governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, is the second senior government official to test positive for the virus.

Many other top officials have also commenced self-isolation.

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