The battle against the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken a new twist as Nigeria recorded her second coronavirus death as cases in the country increased to 111.
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This development was contained in a press statement by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, on Monday.
Ehanire, revealing that the fatality was recorded during the weekend, stated: “As of today, the 30th of March, 2020, we have recorded 111 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria. Of which 68 are in Lagos, 21 in the FCT, seven in Oyo, three in Ogun, two in Bauchi, two in Edo, two in Osun, two in Enugu, and one each in Benue, Ekiti, Kaduna and Rivers States.
“The majority of them are persons who came from overseas and the others have been traced as close contacts of such returnees.
“Till date, three persons have been discharged after successful treatment. But sadly, another fatality was recorded over the weekend in the person of a patient who had severe underlying illnesses.
“We have intensified contact tracing and our strategy remains to promptly detect cases, isolate them, and follow up with their contacts and also isolate and treat, in order to reduce the spread of the infection.”
This happening is coming about a week after reports that a former Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, Suleiman Achimugu, died of coronavirus infection.
The 67-year-old engineer, who returned from the United Kingdom, showed symptoms of the virus and died on March 23, 2020.
This development is also coming as the Lagos State Government discharged five patients who had been receiving treatment for the disease at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba.
The survivors, according to reports, are four males and one female, bringing the total number of survivors from the centre to eight.
The survivors were quarantined and treated at the isolation centre for two weeks after testing positive for the coronavirus.