Coronavirus: Fear grips Nigerians over confirmation of 5 new COVID-19 cases

Coronavirus: Fear grips Nigerians over confirmation of 5 new COVID-19 cases

- Some Nigerians have expressed concerns following the announcement that five new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the country

- The concerned Nigerians faulted infected travelers for bringing coronavirus into the country

- Others accused the federal government of failing to impose travel restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus in the country

Many Nigerians are unsettled by the announcement by the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, that the country has recorded five new cases of coronavirus.

Ehanire on Wednesday, March 18, disclosed that all five cases had a travel history to the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Coronavirus: Fear grips Nigerians over confirmation of 5 new COVID-19 cases

Nigerians have faulted infected travelers for bringing the coronavirus into the country
Source: UGC

Though nobody has died from the disease in Nigeria, the announcement seems to have caused apprehension among some Nigerians who faulted the infected travellers for bringing coronavirus into the country.

“Those Nigerians who came in are very selfish and St00pid, what on earth will make you to leave a well developed society that has better chances of combating the virus and come to Nigeria, haven't they heard of self-quarantine and isolation???”. A twitter user with the handle HannahDEUX95 tweeted.

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Another user reacted to the issue by blaming the government for failing to impose travel restrictions to prevent an outbreak of the virus in Nigeria.

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"Shey they are people coming from abroad because this government refused to place a travel ban since? But you were busy talking about Churches and Mosques shutting down to prevent Covid-19 spread. Mtchewww! @Manlike_ED tweeted.

On his part, @Momopee2, pleaded for God's intervention over the news cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.

"God, pls help Nigeria..this is what i have been saying. Ban or no ban, Nigeria cannot stop Nigerians from returning home. Though i agree the ban will at least stop foreigners from bringing it," the user tweeted.

Another user, Oluwatosin Success with the handle, @tsan011, said Nigerians were not ready for the coronavirus disease. The user then urged all Nigerians to unite and take preventive measures against the virus.

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"We are not ready for this.Oh! we are far from being ready.Nigerians should at this time take preventive measures serious. That's our most reliable strength in this time."

Meanwhile, Femi Adesina, the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, says the federal government is committed to securing the health and well-being of Nigerians amid rising coronavirus scare.

Allaying the fear of the coronavirus crisis, Adesina said the presidency is on alert about the situation of the epidemic and is working to minimise its impact on Nigeria's economy.

Regarding the federal government closing the borders as parts of solid measure to prevent the spread of the virus, Adesina steered the middle cause but noted that government is making the best decision in the interest of the country.

In another report, as the coronavirus continues to spread, people around the world have been advised to practice social distancing. People have also been advised to take the coronavirus test if they believe they are experiencing any symptoms.

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But what does one do when you can not afford to pay for the test? A young lady identified as @coolfrancess on the popular micro-blogging platform, Twitter, has claimed that the test cost millions of naira in Nigeria.

According to @coolfrancess, her uncle was asked to pay N1.2 million at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital to take the test. @coolfrancess said her uncle did not take the test again.

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