The number of those found to have tested positive to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is on the rise in Nigeria as ten new cases were announced Saturday afternoon.
Seven of the cases are in Lagos and three were discovered in Abuja, a confirmation that the disease has crept into the Federal Capital Territory.
According to the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 22.
“All 10 (ten) new cases are Nigerian nationals; 9 (nine) of them have travel history to the Canada, France, Netherlands, Spain and United Kingdom. They returned to the country in the past 1 (one) week. The 10th case is a close contact of a previously confirmed case,” he said.
The 3 (three) cases in the FCT are being treated at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada while the 7 (seven) new cases in Lagos are being treated at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Yaba.
All 10 (ten) new cases have mild to moderate symptoms and are currently receiving treatment.
The minister said as of the 21st of March 2020, 22 (twenty-two) cases have been confirmed, 2 (two) cases have been discharged and there has been no death from COVID-19 in Nigeria.
The Federal Government of Nigeria remains committed to working with states to provide optimal care for all confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.
Contact tracing is ongoing to identify all persons who have been in contact with the new confirmed cases. The Port Health Services of the Federal Ministry of Health has heightened screening at all
The Federal Ministry of Health through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control will maintain a real-time update on new cases through the website: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng.
“We will continue to provide updates as and when they become available,” he said.