The Lagos State Ministry of Health on Friday announced Nigeria’s first confirmed case of the novel Coronavirus, a pandemic that started from Wuhan, China.
In a statement released by the Lagos State Commission for Health Professor Akin Abayomi, the case is an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria on the 25th of Feburary from Milan, Italy for a brief business visit. He fell ill on the 26th February and was transfered to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing.
“COVID-19 infection was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos,” the statement read in part.
As the news creates widespread panic in the country, here’s all you need to know about the virus and its preventive measures: