The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Wednesday, March 25, confirmed the 46 index case of coronavirus in the country.
The numbers rose to 46 as the ministry announced two new cases of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria.
Announcing the new figure, NCDC in a tweet, revealed that the COVID’19 cases were detected in Lagos and Osun State. Both cases are travelers who returned to Nigeria in the last 7 days.
Based on the newly confirmed cases, Lagos State still has the highest number of confirmed cases in the country.
Currently, Lagos, the host of several industries, have 30 active cases of the novel virus, eight cases recorded in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, three in Ogun State, one in Ekiti, One in Oyo and 1 in Osun State.
Nigeria announced its first case of the deadly virus on February 27, 2020. The announcement was made by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire in a press briefly.
The carrier was identified as an Italian man who had arrived into the country on February 24, from Milan on a Turkish Airlines flight.
The Italian man was in the country for two days before he was isolated at the infectious disease centre, Yaba, Lagos, after testing positive for the virus.
Less than a week after the first index case, the country recorded yet another case. According to the Minister of health, the patient had a contact with the infected Italian man in Ogun State.
Both the Italian man and the second case of the novel virus have been totally cured and released to their respective communities.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Ministry of Health on Tuesday, March 17, announced the third case of the deadly virus. The third patient was an independent index case of a 30 year-old Nigerian, female, who returned from the United Kingdom on 13th March. She is currently receiving care at the Mainland General Hospital, Yaba, Lagos.
Few days after the announcement of the 3rd case of Coronavirus in Lagos, no fewer than four other people tested positive for the disease. They were said to have had contact with the woman who came from the UK.
Meanwhile, Nigeria recorded first death from the coronavirus disease on Monday, March 23.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, announced this via its verified Twitter handle.
The case was a 67- year old male who returned home following a medical treatment in the United Kingdom.
The novel virus which has spread to seven states in the country has led to the shut down of several businesses and borders.