The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed 10 new cases of the coronavirus infection in Nigeria, taking the figure to 22. READ ALSO: Coronavirus: Italian Who Brought Virus To Nigeria Discharged
The Minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, said, of the ten new cases, three were confirmed in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and seven in Lagos State.
Ehanire also disclosed that all ten new cases are Nigerian nationals. Nine of them have travel history to Canada, France, Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.
He said all the patients returned to the country in the past week, the 10th case, he said, is a close contact of a previously confirmed case.
This implies that Nigeria has recorded just one case of Covid-19 in a foreign national. However, most of the cases have been imported from the U.K and other parts of Europe.
Mr Ehanire said: “the three cases in the FCT are being treated at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada while the 7 (seven) new cases in Lagos are being treated at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Yaba”.
He also disclosed that all 10 new cases have mild to moderate symptoms and are currently receiving treatment.
The Minister, however, assured that the federal government remains committed to working with states to provide optimal care for all confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.
Meanwhile, 19 cases were imported while three are contacts of people who came into the country. Nigeria is yet to report any local transmission.
In the meantime, Nigeria, as of Friday, had restricted travel from 15 countries with high coronavirus cases.
The affected countries are; China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, United States of America, Norway, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and Sweden.
The travel restriction, according to the federal government, will commence on March 21, as travel restrictions are expected to limit the number of imported cases into the country.