- Fresh reports from the coronavirus testing centres in Nigeria are that suspected cases in Ondo and Nasarawa are negative
- While the Ondo government tested one person, Nasarawa tested five people, who were all declared COVID-19-free
- Both states, however, said they remained alert to ensure that the deadly pandemic does not spread within their borders
The results of suspected cases of coronavirus tested in Ondo and Nasarawa states have returned negative.
Channels TV reports that about six people who were tested for the deadly infection in the southwestern state of Ondo and the northcentral state of Nasarawa did not have the COVID-19 disease.
According to the report, one of those tested was from Ondo and the remaining five were from Nasarawa as confirmed by their state governments.
Both governments confirmed their findings on Saturday, March 21 with assurances that they would increase efforts to prevent the virus from spreading if it shows up within their borders.
“There is . . . no cause for panic but that it is not yet Uhuru as all hands must be on deck to forestall its outbreak in the state,” Dr Wahab Adegbenro, the Ondo health commissioner, said.
Nigeria's number of confirmed infected people rose from 12 on Friday, March 20 to a staggering 22 on Saturday, following the discovery of ten more positive patients.
Nigeria's health minister Dr Osagie Ehanire confirmed the new figures on Saturday, while the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control tweeted the new information.
With the new fresh cases, Lagos now has 16 confirmed cases, while Abuja, the federal capital, has three cases.
Ogun and Ekiti states have two and one confirmed cases respectively.
Legit.ng has a live update of the confirmed cases and other critical coronavirus-related reports here
Meanwhile, Nigeria took a massive step towards locking down the country on Saturday when the federal government announced that it had shut Nigeria's international airports in Lagos and Abuja.
The Nigerian government said the barring of international flights from coming into Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, Abuja, effective from Monday, March 23.
The ban is expected to be in place until April 23, according to a statement by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
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