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Nigeria: Zero deaths, index case stable, second case tested negative

By Oluwaseun Sonde

Following declaration of Coronavirus pandemic, and increasing spread in some countries, as at this Report, Nigeria recorded just two confirmed cases of COVID-19 with zero deaths, index case is clinically stable while second case is now negative and will be discharged from care, other will follow in a few days with no travel ban on any country passport or flights.

Between 7 January and 12 March, 2020, a total of 42 people, who met the index case definition has been screened for COVID-19 in 6 states, Edo, Lagos, Ogun, Yobe, Rivers, Kano and the FCT, of which 40 tested negative and 2 were confirmed positive, the index case, the contact index case and zero deaths on COVID-19.

The index case is clinically stable and is much improved, steady progress till early next week will guard the medical team in discharging him while the second confirmed case, a contact of the index case is testing negative for the virus now, meaning he has cleared the virus and would be allowed to go home, according to the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire.

Reports as it that after 14 days of follow up with no symptoms, all contacts of the index case both in Ogun and Lagos states will be allowed to go home and re-join society. The multi-sectorial Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) will continue to oversee national response activities, ensured that every state of the federation, particularly those with international airports, identify a location that can be used to manage cases and support the state to scale up capacity to support these needs.

Nigeria is monitoring the situation very closely, if there any change Federal Ministry of Health are going to respond appropriately, taking appropriate measures, Nigeria have experts in epidemiology and public health virology. Every situation is country tailored. Regarding sports, every country takes measures that are consistence with its own situation. Countries where the virus is spreading widely have been forced to cancel various activities.

The Minister said, “We have couple of cases and are able to contain it, if we don’t have pressing reason we don’t have to start banning anything, but we are watching the situation closely and we do a strict screening and part of what we shall be doing is restricting Nigerians from travelling to countries with this virus”.

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