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First Nigerian celebrity has reportedly tested positive for the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).

NewsOne Nigeria reports that a controversial journalist, Kemi Olunloyo, made this claim on the micro-blogging site, Twitter on Thursday, March 19.

This burgeoning online news platform understands that the controversial journalist and social media expert warned Nigerians to stay away from celebrities in order to stay safe.

NewsOne Nigeria reports that Olunloyo’s claim comes amidst rumours that a man from the United Kingdom who attended the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) 2020 in Lagos and interacted with many is now showing symptoms of the deadly virus.

The controversial journalist advised those who attended the AMVCA 2020 show and a night club located on the Island to self-isolate.

Her words: “A BIG Nigerian Celebrity has tested positive for #Covid19. Just like the foreign ones announced, wait for the MSM. Fans don’t like me talking about their fave Celebrities. They ask me to mind my business so pls WASH YOUR HANDS and stay away from Celebrities #CoronaVirusUpdate,” she tweeted.

“If U attended #AMVCA2020 and a V.I nightclub last weekend PLS #StayHome at least 7-14 days and #selfquarantine urself. Fever, chills, coughing, sneezing pls get tested, wear mask and stay safe. Isolate yourself, wash hands and pls Celebrities DON’T CALL ME!
#CoronaVirusNigeria.

“This subject visited some other areas this week. I was trained in the US 🇺🇲under HIPAA laws. I CANNOT mention the sex. If you visited a popular V.I nightclub this past weekend Friday to Sunday get tested if you feel sick. Call @NCDCgov hotline 08000CORONA and #isolate ASAP,” she tweeted.


Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Lagos State Ministry of Health confirmed it has four new cases of COVID-19. This was announced by the State Commissioner of Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi.

On Wednesday, the Federal Ministry of Health announced five new cases including a 6-week old baby and her mother. The latest additions, increased Nigeria’s cases to 12 after it had just two cases for a number of days.

One of the first two cases has since tested negative with the index case, an Italian believed to be on his way to testing negative too. In the briefing on Thursday, Abayomi said 19 people were tested with four of them testing positive.

The Commissioner of Health said the first of the four new cases who tested positive to the disease was a woman who had contact with the woman who came from the United Kingdom some days ago who was tested positive.

According to Abayomi, the second new case was a female who returned from France on the 14th of March on a Turkish airline TK 1830. The third case was a Nigerian male in his 50s who had not travelled anywhere but was tested positive to the disease.

Speaking further, the Commissioner of Health revealed that the 4th new case was a Nigerian male who arrived in the country on the 13th of March from Frankfurt to Lagos on Lufthansa airline, flight number LH568.

The Lagos State Commissioner, however, said more tests were still being carried out adding that, “we have a combination of imported cases and local transmission. The Executive of Lagos State is meeting on the next stage of social distancing.

“The best way to slow the rate is to halt the movement of the virus from person to person,” he said.

The Commissioner of Health appealed to people on the two flights to self-isolate themselves and reach the government.

“Currently, we are following over 1,300 people right now to find information about the state of their health and the number is increasing”.

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