(COVID-19) confirmed Third case of coronavirus in Nigeria

The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed a new case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in
Nigeria. This case was confirmed on the 16th of March in Lagos State. This brings the total number
of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 3.
The new case is a Nigerian national who returned to Nigeria from the United Kingdom on the 13th
of March after a brief visit. On return to Nigeria, the case decided to go into self-isolation and
subsequently developed symptoms. At which point, the case called the NCDC toll-free line to
report symptoms. Officials from the Lagos State COVID-19 Emergency Operations Centre were
dispatched to the case’s home to collect a sample. This was tested and positive for COVID-19.
The case is currently being treated at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Yaba, Lagos. She
is clinically stable and is responding to treatment.
Contact tracing has started to identify all persons who the patient has been in contact with, since
her return to Nigeria. The Federal Government of Nigeria will continue to assess the situation and
review the national response accordingly. We are immediately announcing the following
(1) We strongly discourage any travel to all affected countries except for essential trips
(2) We encourage everyone returning to Nigeria from any country to self-isolate for 14-days
(3) All those returning from countries where there is ongoing high community transmission (over
1,000 cases cumulatively), should self-isolate and will be actively followed up for 14 days by the
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Port Health Services
(4) Please continue to maintain hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Health continues to carry out
daily risk assessments of the COVID19 situation. The National Emergency Operations Centre led
by NCDC and supported partners, will continue to support the Lagos State Ministry of Health in
its response.
All Nigerians are asked to continue to take all necessary precautions to protect themselves and
their families. These measures include taking the following precautions below:
(1) Wash hands regularly with soap and water or uses an alcohol-based sanitizer if no water and
soap is available
(2) Maintain at least 2 meters (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or
(3) Persons with a persistent cough or sneezing should stay at home until they recover
(4) Make sure you and people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene, with means covering
your mouth and nose with a tissue. If none is available, you can cough into the sleeve of your bent
envelope. If using a tissue when you cough or sneeze, dispose of the used tissue properly, into a
(5) Stay at home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing
and please call NCDCs toll free number 0800 970 000 0010, which is available 24 hours a day,
Monday to Sunday for guidance. Do not self-medicate
(6) Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 through the official Federal
Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Lagos State Ministry of Health and other
State health department official channels on TV, radio and social media.
Citizens must not abuse social media or spread misinformation or disinformation that can cause
fear and panic. The Federal Ministry of Health through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control will
continue to provide updates as and when they become available and will put in place all available
measures required to control the spread of any infectious disease outbreak in Nigeria.

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