In less than one month after the first confirmed case of the coronavirus also known as COVID-19 in Nigeria, the country has recorded the first death from the dreaded virus. The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this on Monday, March 23, 2020, via Twitter.
According to the announcement, the late patient was a 67-year-old male who returned home following medical treatment in the United Kingdom.
“He had underlying medical conditions – multiple myeloma and diabetes, and was undergoing chemotherapy”, the NCDC tweeted.
Recall that the first case of coronavirus was reported in Nigeria on February 28, 2020. The index case was an Italian businessman who visited the country a few days before he was diagnosed with the virus.
However, the Italian was successfully treated in Nigeria and tested negative within a month. He was discharged on Friday, March 20, 2020, by the Lagos State Ministry of Health.
In the other hand, before the announcement of the death of the 67-year-old man, the NCDC confirmed 5 new cases of COVID-19 in the country bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 35.
Two of the new confirmed cases was in Lagos, two in Abuja while the other one was in Edo state. The NCDC said the two out of the five cases were returnees from the United Kingdom.
Currently, Lagos has 24 confirmed cases, Abuja has 6, Ogun has 2, Ekiti 1, Oyo 1, and Edo state has 1.
Here is the NCDC announcement of the first death as shared on Twitter on March 23, 2020.
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— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 23, 2020
He had underlying medical conditions- multiple myeloma & diabetes & was undergoing chemotherapy
Our thoughts are with his family pic.twitter.com/A7STOjTQeW