Nigeria’s first Covid 19-related death reported

A man wearing face mask walks at the Yaba Mainland hospital, where an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria on Tuesday from Milan on a business trip, the first case of the COVID-19 virus is being treated in Lagos Nigeria Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Nigeria's health authorities have reported the country's first case of a new coronavirus in Lagos, the first confirmed appearance of the disease in sub-Saharan Africa. (Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

Lagos- On Monday, Nigeria reported its first Coronavirus-related death. The country’s Centre for Disease Control Confirmed that a 67-year-old man who came back to Nigeria after undergoing treatment in the UK had died.

The patient had other underlying medical conditions that included Diabetes and Cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

Authorities also confirmed that the two patients, including an Italian who was the first case of hin Nigeria, have recovered and been discharged from hospital.

The country is currently trying to stop the spread of the disease as cases have increased to 36 across six states on Monday.

Universities have shut down in all parts of the country and schools have also been closed as measures to stop further spread of the disease. All civil servants in non-essential departments have also been asked to work from home for two weeks in Lagos, which in total has around 20 million people.

On Saturday, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has also announced a ban on all international flights except for essential emergency flights.

A great number of cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria have been of people who came back from countries such as Canada, the US,  and Europe. This is what prompted the government to ban travel to countries with over 1000 cases of Covid-19 last week.


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