Breaking News: Nigeria confirms first case of Coronavirus in Lagos - Worlds Happenings

Lagos Gov Sanwo-Olu and Health Commissioner Abayomi  lead the charge against the coronavirus in Nigeria's most populous city (Twitter: @Jidesanwoolu)

Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, has recorded its first case of the deadly coronavirus disease.

In a statement, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) says: "The Honourable Minister of Health (Osagie Ehanire) has announced a confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) case in Lagos State.
"The case, which was confirmed on the 27th of February, 2020, is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in China in January 2020.
"The patient is clinically stable and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba.
"We assure all Nigerians that measures are in place to respond appropriately.
"We are working with the Lagos Ministry of Health to identify contacts and initiate response accordingly. "

Lagos State government reacts

Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Prof Akin Abayomi, says: "The case is an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria on the 25th of February from Milan, Italy for a brief business visit. He fell ill on the 26th of February and was transferred to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing.
"COVID-19 infection was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.
"The government of Lagos State under the Governor as the COVID-19 Incident Commander, through the Lagos State Ministry of Health, has been strengthening measures to ensure that any outbreak in Lagos is controlled and contained quickly in collaboration with the multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group, led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
"We have immediately activated the State Emergency Operations Centre to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.

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