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BARELY two weeks after confirming its first case of Covid-19 also known as corona virus, the Federal Government of Nigeria has confirmed the second outbreak of the virus in the country.
The Federal Ministry of Health early hours of Monday announced on its official Twitter page that Nigeria has confirmed its second case of COVID-19. The announcement was supported by a series of tweet by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
 
The NCDC said the second case is a contact of the index case in Ogun State.
The new case has been in isolation and was tested as part of our strategy to test all contacts of the index case, the NCDC said.
Meanwhile in a press briefing on Monday, Minister of Health, Osagie  Ehanire confirmed the second case of the virus noting that it was not a new importation.
“I repeat that the newly confirmed case in Nigeria is not a new importation, but a contact of the Index case, who has since been in isolation and was under clinical follow up,” Ehanire said.
“He presently does not have any clinical symptoms, is comfortable and in care at Infectious Disease Hospital, Lagos.”

The Minister disclosed that contact tracing and monitoring in respect of the coronavirus index case presently receiving treatment in Lagos, has been diligently and conscientiously pursued since 27 February when the case was first diagnosed.

“As you know, 40 persons in Ogun and 20 in Lagos are under isolation and have remained free of any symptoms since,” he said.

“Nevertheless, the Federal Ministry of Health, following best practice, decided to test these persons for possible presence of coronavirus in their systems. On 8th March 2020, scientists confirmed the presence of coronavirus in one of the contacts.”

“It is my duty therefore to announce a new case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria The newly confirmed case is an Ogun State contact of the index case, but he has no significant clinical symptoms. This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria today to two.”

He explained that since beginning of the outbreak in China and subsequent spread to other countries, one of the important response strategies at the containment stage, has been to identify all contacts, ensure their strict isolation and to follow up daily with checks for any symptoms of the disease.

“Following recent experience from other countries and evidence from newly published studies on non-symptomatic infections, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC, advised that samples should be taken from all contacts of the Index case for testing,” the Minister said.

“It is in this process that this new case was detected.”

Ehanire further stated that all other contacts of the index case in Ogun and Lagos will remain in isolation while testing will be carried out on those not yet tested, including some in other states.

Speaking on the case reported in the US of Nigerian origin, he said:  “We are in touch with colleagues at the US Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and here in Abuja.”

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“The case visited Lagos in February 2020. However, given the timelines between the time he was in Nigeria briefly and when he became ill, the likelihood that he was infected in Lagos is very low.”

He reiterated that the Federal Ministry of Health, and Lagos and Ogun States Health ministries have assured citizens of government’s commitment to do all needed to control spread of the outbreak.

According to him, the National Emergency Operations Centres (EOC) in Abuja has continued to work closely with Lagos and Ogun State EOCs to coordinate response activities since the first case was confirmed in Nigeria on 27th of February 2020.

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Abeeb Alawiye formerly works with The ICIR as a Reporter/Social Media officer. Now work as a Senior Journalist with BBC News Yoruba. You can shoot him an email via Abeeb.alawiye@bbc.co.uk or follow him on Twitter @habsonfloww

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