Nigeria Confirms First case of CoronaVirus
Nigeria’s Health Ministry has confirmed a novel coronavirus case in Lagos state.
This is the third confirmed case in Africa, after one apiece Egypt and Algeria, and the first in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Lagos has a population of over 20 million people and is Nigeria’s economic capital.
“The case which was confirmed on 27/02/2020 is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in China in January 2020,” the Health Ministry said in a post on Twitter.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in a statement also said: “the patient is clinically stable and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba.”
Since its detection in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, the novel coronavirus, also called COVID-19, has claimed more than 2,700 lives and has infected over 80,000 people across almost 50 countries.