BREAKING: Imo State Records First Coronavirus Case
This photo taken on January 28, 2020 shows medical staff members cheering up a patient infected by the novel coronavirus in an isolation ward at a hospital in Zouping in China’s easter Shandong province. STR / AFP

Edo State, Southern Nigeria, has recorded its first Coronavirus case.

NewsOne Nigeria reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the suspected Coronavirus (COVID-19) case as positive in a statement released on the micro-blogging site, Twitter on Monday, March 23.

This burgeoning online news platform understands that the first Coronavirus in Edo brings the number of cases of coronavirus in Nigeria to thirty-five (35) from its initial thirty (30).

Giving an update on the spread of the disease, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) tweeted: “Five new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: 2 in FCT, 2 in Lagos & 1 in Edo

“2 cases are returning travellers from the UK

“As at 09:45 am on 23rd March, there are 35 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria. 2 have been discharged,” the tweet added.

Meanwhile, this is coming barely a day after Oyo State, southwest Nigeria recorded its first Coronavirus case.

NewsOne Nigeria reports that the Oyo State government confirmed the suspected Coronavirus (COVID-19) case as positive in a statement released on the micro-blogging site, Twitter on Sunday, March 22 by the State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

This burgeoning online news platform understands that the first Coronavirus in Oyo is a returnee from the United Kingdom whose initial tests had shown negative for the virus.

Governor Makinde said in the statement that further tests have proven the UK returnee positive and further revealed that the suspected case in Ekiti who died due to unknown reasons also slept in a hotel in Ona-Ara local government. He added that a returnee from the United States has also been placed on self-isolation after showing signs of the disease.

According to the Oyo State Governor, the result was released at 17:35 PM of March 21, 2020. He added that the Oyo State Public Health Officials are collaborating with the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan’s team on the case.

“The COVID-19 confirmation test for the suspected case at Bodija has come back POSITIVE. The result was released at 17:35 PM of March 21, 2020. Oyo State Public Health Officials are collaborating with the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan’s team on the case.

“A follow up on the Ekiti COVID-19 case revealed that the deceased was picked up directly from Lagos Airport to a private apartment in Ona Ara Local Government Area.

“The Health Authorities have contacted the family concerned and the community has been alerted for intensified contact tracing and self-isolation of identified close contacts.
The information given that he stayed in some hotels in Ibadan has been found to be false.

“Another returnee from Texas, USA, has also been identified at Oluyole Local Government Area. She has been kept in self-isolation with close monitoring by the State Epidemiological Team. All recent returnees are again urged to identify themselves to Ministry Officials and self-isolate for 14 days,” Governor Makinde said.

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