Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has admitted that besides they act quick, the unfold of COVID-19 could be related to outbreaks in Italy and China.
Ehanire, briefing reporters on Monday, disclosed that 179 individuals had contact with the Italian, who introduced the primary case of coronavirus to Nigeria.
The Minister famous that just one contact with the index affected person examined constructive.
“In lower than 48 hours, the Italian who got here to Nigeria (index case) was recognized. The contacts we discovered for him had been 179. They had been all traced and monitored. Out of the 179, one was constructive and put in isolation with the Italian. Both had been cured and discharged.
“If different instances had not come to Nigeria, that may have been the top of COVID19 in Nigeria. But different instances got here in that weren’t a part of the primary one. That is why we’re saying that you don’t examine what we now have now with what we now have in China or Italy. If we don’t act quick, we could be heading in something dangerous like that (in China and Italy). They now transmit amongst themselves.
“We have to get those who have been infected now. If we don’t, it may be a serious burden in the system. I am sure some are hiding, they will not report for whatever reason. Nobody will be arrested or asked to pay anything. Those who are returning now are Nigerians. With the closure of our airports, we will reduce inflow of new cases and deal with the ones we already have,” Ehanire stated.