Nigeria Records More New Coronavirus Cases as It Prepares to Shut down Airports


Bako, John Chukwudi

Authorities in Nigeria have continued to assure Nigerians that there is no need to panic and that the situation is under control even as the nation records more cases of coronavirus. Today Sunday, news coming in revealed that the country has recorded more new cases of the ravaging virus.

According to reports, as at 6:45am, three new cases of COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria. All 3 cases were reported in Lagos State, and have travel history to high-risk countries in the last 7 days. These new cases have brought the total number of confirmed cases of the deadly virus in the country to 25, 2 people have been discharged and no death has been recorded.

With the new confirmations, Lagos has now recorded 21 cases of the virus out of the 25 confirmed in Nigeria. But two persons on that list have been discharged after attaining full recovery.

Nigeria’s capital city Abuja has three cases, Ogun and Ekiti states have two and one respectively. Oyo State governor Seyi Makinde also announced that a case has been recorded in the state. But his announcement was not part of the official figure released by the NCDC and WHO on Sunday morning.

“The COVID-19 confirmation test for the suspected case at Bodija has come back POSITIVE,” Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, said in a series of tweet.

Makinde, while confirming the case, urged the people of the state to avoid panic because public health officials are already collaborating with the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan’s team on the case.

Adding that, “Another returnee from Texas, USA, has also been identified at Oluyole Local Government Area. She has been kept in self-isolation with close monitoring by the State Epidemiological Team.

All recent returnees are again urged to identify themselves to Ministry Officials and self-isolate for 14 days.”

Authorities on Saturday as measures to stem the spread of coronavirus in the country announced that the international airports in Lagos and Abuja will be shut down on 23rd of March 2020. Other airports in the country had earlier been shut following government directive restricting international flights into Lagos and Abuja only.