Nigeria has recorded her first death from the coronavirus, as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday 23rd March 2020, confirmed the death of a 67-year old man as the first victim.
The NCDC who had a few hours ago, confirmed five new cases of the COVID-19, took to their official twitter handle to announced the first death from the virus, saying:
“The 1st #COVID19 death in Nigeria has been recorded. The case was a 67 year old male who returned home following medical treatment in UK
He had underlying medical conditions- multiple myeloma & diabetes & was undergoing chemotherapy Our thoughts are with his family,” the NCDC had twitted.
This news now brings to the total cases of the coronaviru in Nigeia to :
Total Confirmed Cases: 36
Total Active Cases: 33
Total Discharged: 2
Total Death: 1
These were the figures released by NCDC as at Monday 23rd March 2020.
Before releasing these data, the NCDC had raised alarm over the influx of people from countries with high cases of coronavirus saying “they are the biggest source of transmission.”
“Our biggest source of risk in travellers returning from high-risk countries are expected to self isolate for 14 days. Our appeal to Nigerians is to take responsibility and prevent further transmission of the virus.
Collective action is critical to control spread,” NCDC said on Twitter.
Lagos State Director of Epidemiology, Biosecurity and Global Health, Dr Ismail Abdul-Salam, recently said that on a daily basis, not less than 38,000 people came into the country through the ports while 730 of this number are from coronavirus high-risk countries.
For a breakdown of cases by states in real-time, currently; Lagos has 24; FCT, 6; Ogun, 2; Ekiti, 1; Oyo, 1; and Edo, 1.