Nigeria confirms new coronavirus case after 4 days without a case
London, March 17, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria has confirmed a new case of coronavirus, four days after all of its previous patients recovered fully.
This latest patient is a 30 year-old Nigerian female who flew into Lagos from the UK on 13 March, the day Nigeria declared it was coronavirus free.
Lagos State Ministry of Health said in a statement that the patient is receiving care at Mainland General Hospital.
Breaking!— LSMOH (@LSMOH) March 17, 2020
Third case of #COVID19NIGERIA confirmed in Lagos.
– This is a new case independent of the index case
– 30 year old Nigerian, female
– Returned from the UK on 13th March
– Observed self-Isolation, developed symptoms
– Tested positive
– Now at Mainland GH receiving care pic.twitter.com/f8osZk4Ba4
Nigerian officials said this latest case is “a new case independent of the index case” which signals that it is a fresh imported case.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation was the first in sub-Saharan Africa to record a case of the coronavirus in February.
It was also the first country to have all patients recover and be without any new case for days
Unlike other African countries, Nigeria is yet to shut its borders to tourists from high risk countries.
Many African countries have all imposed travel restrictions, closed schools, ban public gatherings and religious activities to deal with the outbreak.
At least 30 African countries have now confirmed cases of coronavirus within their jurisdictions.
The total number of cases have now hit at least 413 with 8 fatalities, as more countries report of their first cases.
The Federal Government has included France, Germany and Spain among high-risk countries with widespread community transmission of coronavirus on its watch list.
Earlier, the Federal Government had list China, Japan, Iran, Italy and the Republic of Korea on its priority list, bringing the number to eight countries.
To this end, travelers from these eight countries would undertake secondary screening at the point of entry and are also advised to isolate for 14 days on arrival.
Minister of State for Health Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, who stated this while giving an update on the COVID-19 situation in the country yesterday in Abuja, said government was monitoring the coronavirus situation and would take appropriate decisions in the best interest of Nigerians