Italian Tests Positive with Coronavirus in Lagos

A first case of Coronavirus has been recorded in Nigeria, after an Italian national who works in Nigeria, tested positive to the virus, upon his return into the country from Milan.

The case was confirmed by the Federal Ministry of Health on Thursday

A statement from the Ministry of Health

According to information released by the Ministry,  “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 February and was transfered to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing,” the Lagos State Ministry of Health also said in a statement.

“COVID2019 infection was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital @LUTHofficial, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control @NCDCgov.

“The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital (Mainland Hospital) in Yaba, Lagos.”

It is the third reported case of Coronavirus in Africa after Egypt and Algeria; the suspect in the former, a foreigner, later tested negative to the virus. In Algeria, an Italian who arrived Algiers on February 17 tested positive.

Already,  another Chinese national who was suspected to be with the virus was on Wednesday, cleared by to be nagative by the Lagos State government.


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