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Breaking: 4 new cases of coronavirus: Lagos says contact tracing of 1,300 people ongoing


The Lagos State government says four new persons have tested positive to the deadly Coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 11. The country also recorded its first death as one of the patients from Ekiti was confirmed dead on Thursday.

This means that over 12 people have been infected with the deadly disease in the country.

The state commissioner for health, Akin Abayomi disclosed this on Thursday, saying that the government is currently following up over 1,300 contact cases.

According to Abayomi, 19 people were tested for Coronavirus on Wednesday in Lagos and four out of them had tested positive to the virus and had been isolated for treatment at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

He said the first of the four new cases who tested positive for the disease was a woman who had contact with the woman who came from the UK some days ago who was tested positive.

He further explained that the second new case was a female who returned from France on March 14 on a Turkish Airline TK 1830.

The third case, he said, was a Nigerian male in his 50s who had not traveled anywhere, but was tested positive to the disease.

Abayomi stated that the fourth new case was a Nigerian male who arrived in the country on March 13, from Frankfurt to Lagos on Lufthansa Airlines, flight number LH568.

The commissioner, however, said more tests were still being carried out, saying that it was clear that “we have a combination of imported cases and local transmission. The Executive of Lagos State is meeting on the next stage of social distancing.

“The best way to slow the rate is to halt the movement of the virus from person to person,” he said.

He appealed to people on the two flights to self-isolate themselves and to reach the government.

“Currently, we are following over 1,300 people right now to find information about the state of their health and the number is increasing,” he said.