Dayo Ojerinde, Eniola Akinkuotu
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Federal Ministry of Health have confirmed our earlier report regards the existence of three new cases of COVID-19 in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The NCDC said on Twitter that the patients had been quarantined.
The ministry said seven other cases were recorded in Lagos State.
The statement read in part, “The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed 10 new cases of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria. Three new cases in the Federal Capital Territory and seven new cases in Lagos State.
“This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 22. All 10 new cases are Nigerian nationals. Nine of them have travel history to Canada, France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.
“They returned to the country in the last one week. The 10th case is a close contact of a previously confirmed case. The three cases in the FCT are being treated at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, while the seven new cases in Lagos are being treated at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Abuja.
“All 10 new cases have mild to moderate symptoms and are currently receiving treatment.”
In another twist to our story however the FIRS has denied that one of its staff was among those who tested positive. They claimed that their only staff that went to welcome his wife who just came back to the country has isolated himself.