Coronavirus: How Nigeria’s confirmed Covid-19 cases jumped from 3 to 8 (explainer)

Coronavirus: How Nigeria’s confirmed Covid-19 cases jumped from 3 to 8 (explainer)

A few weeks ago, health experts had been expressing surprise on why African countries had relatively low cases of coronavirus compared to countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy and others.

Today, though the Covid-19 cases are still relatively low, it appears to be on an alarming rise in the last few days.

Africa's most populous country, Nigeria had only three confirmed Covid-19 cases as at Tuesday, March 17.

The first case is an Italian who was tested positive in Lagos after exhibiting symptoms of the deadly virus. The second case, a Nigerian, was infected with the virus after having contact with the infected Italian.

Coronavirus: How Nigeria’s confirmed Covid-19 cases jumped from 3 to 8 (explainer)

How Nigeria’s confirmed coronavirus cases jumped from 3 to 8
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The third which was confirmed also in Lagos on Tuesday was a Nigerian woman who returned to the country from the UK on Friday, March 13.

However, on Wednesday, March 18, the number jumped from three to eight! Five new cases were confirmed in just one day.

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Four of the cases were also confirmed in Lagos while the fifth one was confirmed in Ekiti state.

Out of the five new cases, three just arrived from the US while the remaining two came in from the UK

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According to Nigeria's minister of health, a Nigerian mother and her six weeks old baby were among the new cases. They tested positive for the deadly virus after returning from the US.

So far, the innocent baby is the youngest coronavirus patient in Nigeria.

An American who came in through land border

The third of the five new cases is an American citizen who came into Lagos through Benin Republic border. He is the first confirmed Covid-19 patient not arriving the country by air.

A Nigerian from the UK

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The fourth of the new cases is another Nigerian who returned to Lagos from London also on March 13.

The total coronavirus cases in Lagos at the time of filing this report is seven.

The case in Ekiti

The fifth of the new case is also a Nigerian, specifically an indigene of Ekiti state. He was infected by an American he drove from Ibadan to Ekiti. Also in the car was the American's caregiver.

Sadly, the American is dead but the cause of his death is still under investigation.

The (Nigerian) driver and the deceased American's giver, who is also a Nigerian, were tested for the deadly virus.

However, while the driver tested positive for the virus, the caregiver tested negative.

The three of them had arrived the country through Lagos and made a stopover in Ibadan, Oyo state, before arriving Ekiti state. They stayed in Ibadan for two weeks.

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The Ekiti state government said the caregiver who tested negative is still under supervised self-isolation and will be tested again for the virus. It has also commenced contract tracing to find out those who have had close contacts with the infected patient.

The Oyo state government has also started the tracking of all the contacts with the three persons to further contain the spread of the disease.

The state government also said it has reached out to the contacts made by the trio in Ibadan.

The Ekiti case brought to eight the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria.

Apart from the deceased American whose death is still under investigation, Nigeria has not officially recorded any death from coronavirus.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that health experts expressed worry that there could be spread of COVID-19 in the country.

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The experts insisted that it is inevitable to prevent the disease since Nigeria has been identified as one of the 13 countries in Africa at a high risk of being overwhelmed by the virus due to weak health sector.

The index case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Nigeria, the 44-year-old Italian, on Thursday, March 12, completed the 14-day isolation recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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