The number of confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Nigeria is still on the rise, as four new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, raising the country’s total number to 40.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced on Monday night that three of the new cases were recorded in Lagos, and one in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. According to NCDC, two out of the four cases were confirmed in travellers who just returned to the country.
Of the 40 cases, 28 had travel history to high-risk countries in the last two weeks.
With the newest update, Lagos has so far reported 28 cases of the virus, FCT has reported 7, Ogun has reported 2, while Oyo, Ekiti, and Edo states have one case each. There are currently 37 active cases, two have been discharged and one death has been reported.
Nigeria had reported the first death from Covid-19 on Monday. The patient was a Nigerian who had underlying illnesses and died due to complications in Abuja.
He recently returned from the United Kingdom.
As of Monday, most of the remaining 39 cases were clinically stable with mild symptoms and one patient being oxygen-dependent.
With the increasing number of confirmed cases in the country, the federal government has been putting in place some measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
Some include the ban on all international flights effective from Monday, with the exception of emergency and essential flights.
Some states have also banned large gatherings, closed schools and some offices
With new cases soaring daily, the government has intensified contact tracing to trace those who might have been in contact with the infected groups.
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, had earlier lamented that most of the people who returned to Nigeria from high risk countries are part of the reasons why cases have been rising in the country.
He said most of them had not adhered to the directives to self isolate for 14 days after returning to Nigeria.
“The fight to contain COVID-19 is a call for collective action,” he said.
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