Two Suspected coronavirus cases out of Three Are Negative, Nigeria’s Minister of Health Reveals


Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has revealed  that two suspected coronavirus cases out of the three recent suspected cases of the viral disease  identified in Lagos are negative, while the result for the last is still pending.

Among those involved, is a Nigerian who returned from France four days ago, a second entered the country from the United Kingdom and a third from China.

The minister of health, Dr. Ehanire, while updating journalists on the recent development of the COVID-19 case in Nigeria today, Friday 6 March, 2020  stressed that the results takes some time to come out. He also affirmed  that the country has only one certain case.

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“As of the three cases, one of them, we are expecting the result; it takes some hours for the results to come out.” Dr. Ehanire said.

On the identity of the persons with suspected cases, the Minister urged Nigerian to desist from profiling or trying to know the identity of those alleged to be affected by the virus.

“We must go away from the idea of focusing on Chinese or any particular nationality because a case that entered Nigeria, which is the index case is not Chinese. “If we are profiling and focusing on the wrong areas, we risk losing the right thinking,” Dr. Ehanire maintained.

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He also affirmed that Nigeria authourities have strengthen the screening process of every passenger using the country’s entry point. He also pointed out that soon, passengers departing the country will undergo medical screening.


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