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UN Chief Lauds Nigeria’s Response To COVID-19



Antonio Guterres

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has lauded Nigeria’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Guterres, who spoke at a virtual news briefing in New York, the United States on Thursday, singled out Nigeria as one of the developing countries that have “shown a remarkable capacity to respond to the coronavirus.”

“I have to say this; some of these developing countries have shown a remarkable capacity to respond.

“I was quite impressed to see, for instance, Nigeria putting in place and immediately establishing a hospital.

“And I saw difficulties in countries that are much more developed to do quickly the same.”

Nigeria announced its first case of the deadly virus on February 27, 2020. The announcement was made by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire during a press briefing.

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.

A month after, Nigeria currently has 190 cases of COVID-19 with two deaths.

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