Two new developments have taken place since the last briefing on the coronavirus situation in Nigeria.

The first being that of the Italian man who visited Nigeria late February.

One of the 40 persons who came into contact with the Italian in Ogun and 20 in Lagos has also tested positive to the virus. The newly confirmed case is an Ogun State contact of the index case. The individual has no significant clinical symptoms. This brings the total number of confirmed COVID – 19 (coronavirus) cases in Nigeria to 2 (two).

All other contacts of the index case in Ogun and Lagos will remain in isolation and testing will be carried out on those yet to be tested, including some in other states.

To avoid contacting coronavirus, remember to continue doing the following:

  • regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds, if not possible use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser
  • maintain at least 2 meters (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing repeatedly,
  • be sure you and people around you follow good respiratory hygiene, meaning, to cover the mouth and nose with a tissue or handkerchief if coughing or sneezing and disposing of used tissue immediately. Alternatively, use your bent elbow when you cough or sneeze, and no tissue is available
  • do not mingle with people or congregate, but instead stay at home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough, sneezing, difficulty in breathing

You can call NCDC toll – free number which is available 24/7 for guidance: 0800 9700 0010