Ten New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Nigeria, Three in Abuja

The Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) has confirmed 10 new cases of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria.

Three new cases in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and seven new cases in Lagos State, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 22.

The Sight News gathered that all 10 new cases are Nigerian nationals; nine of whom have travel history to Canada, France, Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. 

According to the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, they returned to the country in the past one week, and the 10th case is a close contact of a previously confirmed case.

The three cases in the FCT he said, are being treated at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada, while the seven new cases in Lagos are being treated at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH),Yaba, adding that all 10 new cases have mild-to-moderate symptoms and are currently receiving treatment.

In his words, “As of the 21st of March 2020, 22 cases have been confirmed, 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 air, land and sea points of entry into Nigeria and adapted the protocols to reflect the travel guidance issued by the Presidential Task Force on the Control of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

He stressed on the need for Nigerians to strictly adhere to social distancing and other necessary precautions in place. 

He reiterated that there is the need to follow measures such as; “Washing hands regularly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based sanitiser if no water and soap is available.

“Social distancing is crucial to reducing the spread of COVID-19 through; Use of no-touch greetings; Maintaining at least 2 metres (5feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Staying home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing.

“Immediately call NCDC’s 24/7 toll-free number 080097000010. Do not self-medicate. Avoiding or postponing events with large gatherings of people including schools, workplaces, places of worship, crowded supermarkets and pharmacies, social and sporting events”, he stressed.

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