COVID-19: Lagos Confirms Four New Cases

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The Lagos State Ministry of Health said Thursday that four new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the state.

This brings to 12 the total number of coronavirus cases in Nigeria, although one of the victims has fully recovered.

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The Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, addressed journalists on the new cases on Thursday at the state secretariat.

He said the latest patients have been admitted for treatment at the Lagos State bio-security and infectious disease hospital, Yaba, Lagos.

He said 19 tests were performed on suspected cases and contacts of the five cases announced on Wednesday, out of which four turned positive.

The first of the new positive cases is that of a woman who had contact with one of the earlier positive cases who returned from the UK.The second is that of a Nigerian female who returned from France via a Turkish airline (TK 1830) on March 14.

“The third new confirmed case is a Nigerian male in his 50s who had never travelled anywhere, but presented the symptoms and was referred for treatment.

He tested positive and had since been admitted,” he said.Mr Abayomi said the fourth case is a Nigerian male who arrived in Nigeria on March 13, from Frankfurt, Germany on Luftansa flight LH 568.

He said individuals that were on any of the flights of the confirmed cases – TK 1830 and LH 568 – should isolate themselves for 14 days and reach out to the ministry on 08000CORONA, if they develop any respiratory symptoms.

“What we have is a combination of imported cases and local transmission,” Mr Abayomi said.