Nigerians on social media are demanding to know the name of the Italian, who was the country’s first reported case of the novel coronavirus.
A report by Punch on Saturday said that the quarantined patient attempted to escape from the ward he was kept in after complaining about the deplorable condition of the ward.
Reacting to the report, Nigerians demanded to know the name of the Italian, comparing his case to Liberia’s late Patrick Sawyer, who came into Lagos with the Ebola virus but was stopped by the late Dr. Stella Adadevoh.
It is pertinent to note that the name of the infected patient cannot be released to the public without his permission as it is against ethics of the medical profession.
See reactions below:
When Ebola came we heard a name called Patrick Sawyer, but why can't you people tell us the name of this Italian?
Even countries where this virus has affected notable people they do disclose their names. No hiding. Tell us the name of the so called Italian. https://t.co/X9bXtJw96f
— Michael Effiong 📻🎤 (@Iam_MikeMike) February 28, 2020
Patrick Sawyer brought us ebola(an African man), we all know is name.
Why is the bringer of Coronavirus just getting identified by his nationality. Let's know his name and show us his face ffs. #COVID19Nigeria #CoronaVirusUpdates
— Kayode II (@AbdulHerphyz) February 29, 2020
Please what's the Italian man's name? We knew Patrick Sawyer . So what is the Italian name???? Why are they hiding his identity? #COVID19Nigeria
— IyawoNeymar Jr (@LadySoftXx) February 29, 2020
What is the name of the Italian man for goodness sake?.. During Ebola we knew Patrick Sawyer was the guy who brought Ebola to Naija. Due diligence at least, is wat we expect from you guys on dis Matter.
— Jeff Evie (@ehijeff) February 29, 2020
If only this conora virus news is true and not another propaganda to move so much million .. Patrick sawyer we know !! What is this italian man's name ,let's start from there and pls show his face on national TV if possible
— Lydia_adorable (@LydiaAdaora) February 29, 2020