Ebun Francis|It’s unlikely the Nigerian Coronavirus patient in the US contracted the disease in the country, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), said on Monday.
It will be recalled that Muriel Bowser, District of Columbia mayor, on Saturday said the unnamed man in his 50s, lives in Nigeria but has been staying with family members in Washington DC.
But giving updates on the virus in a statement on Monday, the NCDC explained that considering the time the patient spent in Nigeria, it is unlikely that the patient got infected with the disease in Lagos or elsewhere in the country.
The agency while urging Nigerians not to panic, however, warned against the spread of fake news.
The statement read, “On the case reported in the US of Nigerian origin, we are in touch with colleagues at the US Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and here in Abuja.”
‘The case visited Lagos in February 2020. However, given the timelines between the time he was in Nigeria briefly and when he became ill, the likelihood that he was infected in Lagos is very low.”
“I again strongly advise against spreading misinformation to cause fear and panic. The Federal Ministry of Health and NCDC will continue to provide prompt and reliable updates and initiate all measures required to protect our people,” it said.
“A globally emerging lesson here is that some people who contracted COVID-19 appear to experience zero or only mild illness and will recover; however, other patients develop more severe symptoms, especially if they have other underlying illnesses, or are weakened by old age. I urge Nigerians to take care of their health and protect others.”
Nigeria has two confirmed cases of Coronavirus, one in Lagos and the other in Ogun state as the World Health Organisation (WHO), said more than 101,000 people have contracted disease globally, with over 3,000 deaths recorded.