- Ethiopia has confirmed its first case of the widely spreading coronavirus
- Takele Uma Banti who is the mayor of the capital Addis Ababa said the index case is a Japanese citizen
- Banti urged all Ethiopians and other residents to avoid meetings and hand contacts
As coronavirus spreads across countries and continents with health experts stepping up efforts to get its vaccine, another African country, Ethiopia, has recorded its first case of the deadly virus.
The New York Times reports that the east African country's public health institute said it confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus on Friday, March 13.
Legit.ng gathers that Takele Uma Banti who is the mayor of the capital Addis Ababa disclosed on Twitter that the country's index case is a Japanese citizen.
"We should avoid meetings and hand contacts," the mayor wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the second coronavirus case in Nigeria, a Nigerian who had contact with the Italian index case, has now tested negative and will soon be released, Nigeria's health minister Dr Osagie Ehanire has said.
The minister made the disclosure on Friday, March 13, in Abuja.
“The contact of the index case is testing negative for the virus now, meaning he has cleared the virus and will be allowed to go home,” Ehanire said.
The minister added that the Italian's health is also improving, adding that the index case will be under close monitoring till early next week when he is also expected to be released.
Meanwhile, amid the coronavirus fear, a 64-year-old Nigerian, Okunuga Olumide Saraju, was found dead in his home in Modena, Italy, where he lived alone.
Legit.ng gathered that Okunuga, a native of Ikenne in Ogun state and the president of Egbe Omo Yoruba in Emilia Romagna region, was found dead at about 11 am on Tuesday, March 10, at his home.
There were suspicions that he may have died of coronavirus infection, a disease that has ravaged Italy in the past few weeks.
Saraju who was well-known in the circles of associations and voluntary workers had lived in Modena for 30 years.
A friend had raised the alarm, saying that upon entry, there were no signs of violence or break-ins in the house, nor traces of blood.
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