The Federal Ministry of Health has just confirmed five more cases of the deadly coronavirus rounding up to eight total cases around the country. All five cases have been reported to have a history of travels to both the UK and United States of America with three from America and two the UK, countries that have heavy reportage of COVID-19 – also being part of the thirteen countries banned by the federal Government due to the pandemia of the virus.
Two of the three cases from America were Nigerians – a mother and her six week old baby becoming the youngest case of the deadly virus, while the remaining one is an American who travelled in through the land border becoming the first corona case we have, not arriving by air. The victims from the UK are also Nigerians. Of the five new cases, one is in Ekiti State and the other four in Lagos State.
The Minister of health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, in his official statement said,
“The National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and supported by partners, is supporting response in the states. The Federal Government through Federal Ministry of Health is conducting risk assessment to help guide decision making”.
“False information and rumour to cause fear and panic must be avoided at such times. The COVID-19 cases so far appear to have mild symptoms and are in recovery.
“And the Federal Government will restrict entry to Nigeria of persons from the listed high burden countries with effect from Friday March 20, for a period of 4 weeks”.
He therefore, urged Nigerians not to panic, but allow experts in public health to guide response in a calculated, scientific manner.