The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed five new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria, bringing the country’s total number of confirmed cases to eight.
This was announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in a tweet on Wednesday.
The development is coming on the heels of Nigeria’s imposition of travel restriction on thirteen countries with over 1,000 cases of the virus.
The countries include China, Iran, South Korea, Germany, Italy, USA, UK, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, France and Japan.’
The new cases are said to have a travel history to the United States and the United Kingdom.
The NCDC said, “We urge Nigerians to remain calm as public health response activities are intensified across the country. A detailed travel history of each case is being compiled & contact tracing has begun Our National Emergency Operations Centre is supporting response in the states
“The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Health is conducting risk assessment to initiate other relevant measures.
“The the Federal Ministry of Health through NCDC will continue to provide accurate updates & take the necessary measures to protect the health of Nigerians
“We ask that the public refrain from spreading false information while we all engage in proper hand & respiratory hygiene to #PreventCOVID19Spread”