Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria has recorded the first death associated with the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in that country.
The deceased is a 67-year-old Nigerian who returned home “following medical treatment in UK.”
According to Nigeria’s Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the deceased had underlying medical conditions including multiple myeloma and diabetes and was also undergoing chemotherapy.
The development now brings the active number of Coronavirus cases in Nigeria to 33 as two patients who were treated have been discharged after testing negative for the virus.
The breakdown of confirmed cases per state are as follows: Lagos – 25; Federal Capital (Abuja) – 6; Ogun – 2; Ekiti- 1; Oyo 1; Edo – 1.
There are five molecular laboratories in Nigeria Center for Disease Control’s laboratory network with the capacity to test for COVID19 in Nigeria.
Atiku Abubakar’s son positive
The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the 2019 Nigerian general election and former vice president of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, Atiku Abubakar on Sunday announced that his son had tested positive for COVID-19.
He said he is receiving treatment in Abuja.
My son has tested positive to coronavirus. @NCDCGov has been duly informed, and he has been moved to Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja for treatment and management. I will appreciate it if you have him in your prayers. Stay safe, coronavirus is real. -AA
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) March 22, 2020
Meanwhile, Nigeria has increased its travel restriction level, banning commercial flights to and from five of its major airports including Lagos and Abuja.
Initially, it restricted entry into the country for travellers from 13 countries: China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, United States of America, Norway, United Kingdom, Netherlands & Switzerland.