Second coronavirus patient in Nigeria now negative – Minister

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said the second confirmed coronavirus case in Nigeria has now tested negative.

He broke the news in Abuja on Friday.

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Ehanire said Nigeria now has only one confirmed case of coronavirus who is currently being treated at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

He added that the Index case is clinically stable and with the steady progress he will be discharged.

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“The newly confirmed case is an Ogun state contact of the index case but he has no significant clinical symptoms. This brings the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to two,” he had said.

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“Following recent experiences from other countries and evidence from newly published studies of known symptomatic infections, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) advised that samples be taken from all contacts of the index case for testing. It is in this process that this new case was detected,” the minister said.

The minister had on Monday announced that the second case of coronavirus in Nigeria.

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Nigeria’s index case of coronavirus flew into the country from Milan, which has the highest record of the disease in Europe, on February 24.

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Meanwhile, the Minister of health has urged Nigerians not to panic.

He said the Federal ministry of health is monitoring the situation closely and has prioritsed measures for the containment of the coronavirus

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The Minister also urged Nigerians to ignore fake news as this would only promote fear amongst residents.

 

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