Coronavirus outbreak is “getting bigger,” as Nigeria confirmed sub-Saharan Africa’s first case.
The Nigerian government, through the Federal Ministry of Health, has confirmed a virus (COVID-19) case in Lagos State, Nigeria.
According to the Nigeria Ministry of Health, the case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020.
The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed a coronavirus(Covid-19) case in Lagos State Nigeria. 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 @WHO @BBCWorld #CoronaVirusUpdates pic.twitter.com/uF79NYzvAz— Federal Ministry of Health, NIGERIA (@Fmohnigeria) February 27, 2020
He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.
The Nigeria health Ministry also noted that measures have been set up to guarantee a flare-up in Nigeria is controlled and contained rapidly.
The multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has quickly enacted its National Emergency Operations Center and will work intimately with Lagos State Health authorities to react to this case and actualize firm control measures.