Nigeria Confirms 10 New Cases of Coronavirus
- The country total confirmed cases now 22.
- FG bars all international flights to Lagos, Abuja
The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced the confirmation of 10 new cases of Covid-19 popularly known as Coronavirus.
Confirmation was made know by the Nigeria Centre of Disease Control through its official Twitter handle @NCDCgov.
This brings the total confirmed cases in the country to 22, according to the Minister of health, Osagie Ehanire.
Ehanire said on Saturday that the virus has currently in three states – Lagos, Ekiti Ogun State as well as FCT.
The three patients in Abuja – two males and one female – returned from overseas between March 14 and 18
While one was detected and placed in self-isolation, the two were not.
Out of the 10 new cases, nine of them are Nigerians with travel history to Canada, Netherland, Spain, Canada and the United Kingdom.
The Minister said the 10th case is a closed relation of one of the 9th cases.
“Nigeria has recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19 in Lagos and Abuja,” Ehanire said on Saturday.
“That is a total of 22 cases in Nigeria: Lagos, 16; FCT, 3; Ekiti, 1, and Ogun, 2.”
He assured that two of the patients have been discharged and the remaining patients are clinically stable and under adequate care.
One of the recent cases confirmed in Lagos was that of local transmission.
The 10 patient is in his 50s and did not leave the country but had contact with one of the patients that returned from overseas.
Nigeria Bars International Flights to Lagos, Abuja
To curb the spread of the virus, the Nigerian government barred international flights from coming into Murtala Muhammaed Airport and the Nnamdi Azikiwe Aiport.
A statement by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority reads. “Effective Monday 23 March at 2300Z to 23 April at 2300z, Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos (DNMM) and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja (DNAA) will be closed to international flights.”
The government had also announced the closure of all tertiary institutions until further notice.
The Federal Capital Territory says it has set up two isolation centres in preparation for the disease.