The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, on Thursday, disclosed that the state government was tracing 1,300 persons that might have had contact with the positive cases, just as the total number of cases in the country hits 12.
The Lagos State commissioner for health told journalists that 19 persons, who had contact with recent cases, were tested and five of them were positive.
He stated, “Out of those 19 tests, we have four new positives. The first new positive is the contact of the third case that came from the UK. She has tested positive and will be admitted shortly. We have a new case, a female, a Nigerian, returning from France via Istanbul on Turkish Airlines TK 1830 on March 14.’’
“We have a third case, Nigerian male, in his 50s. He has never travelled anywhere and he presented with symptoms. He was referred to us, we went to retrieve samples and it tested positive. He has since been admitted into our facility. The fourth case is a Nigerian male; he arrived on March 13 from Frankfurt via Lufthansa Flight no LH568.”
The commissioner further stated that the state was running more tests on suspected cases and measures are being put in place to track all those who have established contacts with the recent victims of the deadly virus.
Following the increase in the number of reported cases in the nation, the Federal Capital Territory and states such as Ogun, Benue, Anambra, Enugu and Niger on Thursday ordered the closure of their schools. These stringent moves are coming just as the Italian man who was first diagnosed with COVID-19 on February 27 in Lagos, has now tested negative to the deadly virus.