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COVID-19: Ten New Cases Confirmed in Nigeria



The Federal Ministry of Health has today 21st March, 2020, confirmed 10 new cases of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 22.

Revealing this in Abuja on Saturday, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said that three of the cases are in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, meanwhile seven are in Lagos State. Ehanire said that:
 “All 10 new cases are Nigerian citizens; nine of them have travel history to Canada, France, Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. They just returned to the country during the past week; the 10th case is a close contact of with an earlier confirmed case.
“The 3 cases in the FCT are receiving treatment at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, UATH, Gwagwalada, while the 7 new cases in Lagos are also receiving treatment at the Infectious Disease Hospital, IDH, Yaba. All 10 new cases have minor to moderate symptoms and are presently getting treatment.”

the Minister explained in more details that:
“As of 21st March, 2020, a total of 22 cases have been confirmed in Nigeria, two cases have been discharged and there has been no death from COVID-19 in Nigeria. The Federal Government of Nigeria is devoted to working with states to make available 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).”
the National Emergency Operations Centre, EOC, headed by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, supported by partners continues to organize response operations and strengthen vigilance capacity across states nationwide. A very severe national risk communications campaign is ongoing to inform Nigerians about COVID-19. The Federal Ministry of Health, is also working closely with states and the Presidential Task Force on the Control of Coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to review response activities and institute measures to protect the health of Nigerians.
 “Nigerians have been advised to firmly adhere to social isolation and other essential precautions like; washing hands frequently with soap and water or make use of an alcohol-based sanitizer if no water and soap are available and coughing or sneezing into the sleeve of your bent elbow is advised if no tissue is available all non-essential travel to all countries is to be avoided."


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