By David Royal
As at 11:20 pm 15th April, 407 COVD-19 cases have been recorded in Nigeria since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country, Vanguard can report.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC announced 34 new cases Wednesday night, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 407.
The Federal Ministry of Health confirmed the first coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Lagos State, Nigeria.
The case, which was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, was the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in China in January 2020.
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The case was an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020. He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The patient was clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and was managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos, until his discharge after fully recovering and testing negative to the virus twice.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, 128 of the patients have been managed, treated and discharged from the isolation facilities in the country. Sadly, Nigeria as at 15th April recorded the 12th death from the virus.
As at 11:20 pm 15th April, number of states with confirmed cases of COVID-19: 19 + FCT
Lagos- 232 FCT- 58 Osun- 20 Kano- 16 Edo- 15 Oyo- 11 Ogun- 9 Katsina- 7 Bauchi- 6 Kaduna- 6 Akwa Ibom- 6 Kwara- 4 Delta- 4 Ondo- 3 Enugu- 2 Ekiti- 2 Rivers-2 Niger- 2 Benue- 1 Anambra- 1
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, in a nationwide broadcast, announced the extension of the presidential lockdown order in Ogun, Lagos, and Abuja by two more weeks to be able to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
According to the president, the approach to the virus remains in 2 steps – First, to protect the lives of fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners.
He said “With this in mind and having carefully considered the briefings and Report from the Presidential Task Force and the various options offered, it has become necessary to extend the current restriction of movement in Lagos and Ogun States as well as the FCT for another 14 days effective from 11:59 pm on Monday, 13th of April, 2020. I am therefore once again asking you all to work with Government in this fight”.
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