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Coronavirus Update: Nigeria Confirms 5 More Cases Of Coronavirus

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Despite assurances of the government to control the spread, Nigeria today 17 March confirmed 5 more cases of Coronavirus. The national agency for disease control made the announcement on their official website and social media pages.



“Of the 5 new positive cases 3 arrived from the United States, while 2 came in from the United Kingdom. We are still collating information on the travellers; 2 of the 3 from the US are Nigerian, a mother and child, making the 6 week old baby the youngest COVID-19 patient we have, and the 3rd is an American national, who crossed the land border and becomes the first COVID-19 case not arriving by air. The 2 cases from the UK are Nigerians.” their website reads.


This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 8.

Coronavirus: The Journey So Far

After outbreak in Wuhan, China the Coronavirus disease continued to spread like harmattan fire around the world. Worst hit were Asian and European countries, their cases doubling and tripling by the day.

The first recorded cases in a Nigeria of Coronavirus was an Italian who into the county through Murtala Mohammed airport. He was quickly diagnosed and quarantined with two other persons he’d contact with

Doctors Strike

Hours after another case of Coronavirus was announced, National Resident Doctors Association announced they’ve commenced on a strike. They stated nonpayment of salaries as reason why they embarked on the mass action.

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NYSC Batch A Camp Cancelled

In the light of spreading Coronavirus pandemic, the government has cancelled the intended NYSC batch A Camp billed to hold on . The decision was taken to help halt the spread of the virus within the country.

Airports shutdown

The  Nigerian government on March 17 shut the country’s airport against 13 countries. This came after an intense public outcry for authorities to close all borders as a preventive measure against the virus.The countries on the list include China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, the United States, Norway, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland, the country’s National Centre for Disease Control announced.

Companies Ask Staff To Work From Home

Nigerian companies Carbon (formerly Paylater) and BuyCoins Naija have asked their staff to work from home to help curtail the spread of the virus. These companies follows their foreign counterparts in other parts of the world who have asked staff to work from home.


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