The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed the First death from the Coronavirus epidemic in the country.
NCDC in a Tweet on Monday said the “case was a 67-year-old male who returned home following medical treatment in the UK.”
“He had underlying medical conditions- multiple myeloma & diabetes & was undergoing chemotherapy Our thoughts are with his family.”
The 1st #COVID19 death in Nigeria has been recorded. The case was a 67 year old male who returned home following medical treatment in UK
He had underlying medical conditions- multiple myeloma & diabetes & was undergoing chemotherapy
Our thoughts are with his family pic.twitter.com/A7STOjTQeW
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 23, 2020
Meanwhile, reactions have continued to trail the news of the Son of Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, testing positive to COVID-19.
Atiku, confirmed this via his Twitter account on Sunday.
My son has tested positive to coronavirus. @NCDCGov has been duly informed, and he has been moved to Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja for treatment and management. I will appreciate it if you have him in your prayers. Stay safe, coronavirus is real. -AA
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) March 22, 2020
As at Monday morning, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 5 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria bringing the total number of patients with the disease in Nigeria to 35.
However, some Nigerians, including the First Lady, Aisha Buhari have condoled with the Former Vice President.
The President’s wife, in a tweet, prayed for the quick recovery of Atiku’s son and other Nigerians who have contracted the disease.
Your Excellency, It’s with deep sense of concern that i extend my sincere prayers towards the quick recovery of your dear son. Allah renu en Amin. https://t.co/5jigOmv7Dp
— Aisha M. Buhari (@aishambuhari) March 22, 2020
This is getting spiral out of control. Buhari should have put Nigeria on lockdown 2 weeks ago but he did nothing.
He isn’t even aware there’s such thing called Covikk one nine virus. Now Nigeria may have to grapple with an epidemic far worse than what Italy is going through.🙏🙏
— 🇳🇬 NEFERTITI 🇺🇸 (@firstladyship) March 22, 2020
The First Lady also advocated for a total shutdown of key institutions saying it will be counterproductive for students to be isolated while their parents still go to work.
It is commendable that state governors have closed down schools; however, this could be counterproductive if parents are still going to work. We should not isolate students and expose their parents.
Let us remember that they will meet at home.#TotalLockDown#StayAtHome
— Aisha M. Buhari (@aishambuhari) March 23, 2020
Number of Confirmed Cases Now 35
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC) has confirmed five cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed in Nigeria.
NCDC in a statement on Monday said two cases were confirmed in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Abuja and two also in Lagos and the other one in Edo. Two cases are returning travellers from the UK,”
“As at 09:45 am on 23rd March, there are 35 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria. Two have been discharged.” A breakdown of cases by states at the moment shows that Lagos has 24;FCT has 6,Ogun State has 2; while Ekiti,Oyo and Edo states have one case each.
Stay at Work- Lagos Govt Tells Civil Servants
The Lagos State Government has directed civil servants on grade 1 to 12 to stay at home for two weeks.
The State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave the order on Sunday following an increase in the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.
He said that the “stay at home” order would last for an initial 14 days for civil servants from levels 1 – 12.
“In addition to previous measures, I hereby direct that all public officers in the entire unified public service from grade level one to 12 which constitutes about 70% of our entire workforce should start at home from Monday, March 23, 2020, for fourteen days at the first instance.”