Enugu records cases of Coronavirus as Nigeria’s total rises to 81

By AdvocateNews on 28/03/2020

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Nigeria now has 81 cases of Covid-19, as 11 new cases were announced Friday evening by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. 

Enugu, in South-East Nigeria, also joined the list of Nigerian states with confirmed cases of the pandemic.

The new cases were announced less than four hours after health authorities unveiled five fresh incidents of infections.

“All new cases have mild to moderate symptoms and are currently receiving care,” the NCDC said.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases announced on Friday alone to 16. This is the highest number of cases announced in a single day since the country confirmed its first case of the deadly virus in February.

That index case, an Italian visiting a cement factory in Ogun State, South-west Nigeria, has since recovered and has been discharged. Two other patients have also been treated and discharged while one death has been recorded.

Meanwhile, Enugu State presented cases for the first time, the NCDC indicated.

The public health agency said on its twitter handle that the new cases announced late Friday were reported in three states, Lagos, Enugu and Edo states.

Enugu government confirms two cases 

Confirming the two cases in Enugu, Friday night, the State Ministry of Health disclosed that two patients who presented on their own tested positive to the corona virus.

A statement by Dr. Ifeanyi Agujiobi,Permanent Secretary

Enugu State Ministry of Health said: "It is important to inform the public that the patients voluntarily contacted the Enugu State Ministry of Health on arrival from United Kingdom (UK) and requested for the COVID-19 test which came out positive.

"So far the patient has remained in isolation and the Enugu State Multi sectoral Rapid Response Team has commenced contact tracing.

"The Enugu State Government express her gratitude to these patients who reported to the Enugu State Ministry of Health following the announcement that all returnees from overseas in the last 14 days should  report for evaluation.

"We still wish to encourage all those that returned recently from overseas to contact the Enugu State Public Health Department through these dedicated lines- 08182555550 or 09022333833

"We urge the general public not to panic as Health Personnel are already positioned to respond to the present situation even as all should observe high level of personal hygiene and  maintain the social distance protocol and stay home."

BREAKDOWN

The NCDC said eight (8) of the new cases were reported in Lagos, two (2) in Enugu and one (1) in Edo State.

“As at 11:55 pm 27th March, there are 81 confirmed cases of  #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Three (3) have been discharged with 1 death,” it said.

A breakdown of cases as reported by states shows that Lagos remains the epicentre for Covid-19 in Nigeria.

As at the time of reporting on Friday night, Lagos has recorded 52 cases, FCT – 14, Ogun and Oyo States have three (3) cases each, Bauchi, Edo and Enugu now have two cases each, while  Ekiti, Osun, and Rivers States have one case each.

Globally, as at midnight on Friday, 39,827 new cases were confirmed bringing the total number of cases to 372,757. About 1722 new deaths were also recorded worldwide, bringing total mortality, as at Friday, to 16, 231.

More cases may be confirmed as the federal and state governments intensified the tracing of people who have been in contacts with infected people.

“A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities,” the NCDC added.

Posted 28/03/2020 06:10:42 AM

 

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