The Lagos state government has announced that its ministry of health has uncovered three new suspected cases of the deadly coronavirus in the state. The three new cases are currently undergoing testing and monitoring at the isolation centre in Yaba, Lagos.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, was the first to reveal the news via a tweet on his Twitter handle before the Lagos State Government official Twitter handle made the same announcement.
In the tweet of the commissioner for health, Professor Abayomi disclosed that one of the suspected cases is a Nigerian that just returned from France, the second just returned from England while the third suspected case is of an individual who just returned from China.
Professor Abayomi stated that the Nigerian man from France arrived on March 2nd after spending seven days in France and was down with a headache and some respiratory symptoms.
“Because he has been in a country where there is an active person-to-person transmission, it could be common cold and there is a possibility it could be Coronavirus. He has been put in isolation, the test is being run right now, I am expecting the result,” Abayomi said
Also, the Lagos state verified Twitter handle confirmed that the three suspected cases have been admitted in the state containment facility in Yaba. “One from France, one from England – one from China. Their samples have been taken and results are being expected”.
UPDATE ON #COVID19Lagos— LSMOH (@LSMOH) March 5, 2020
We now have 3 suspected cases under isolation in our containment facility in Yaba. One from France, one from England – one from China. Their samples have been taken and results are been expected @followlasg @jidesanwoolu @NCDCgov @EpidAlert pic.twitter.com/JDZRnGmbJg
Earlier, Professor Abayomi gave an update on the status of the Italian who is the first confirmed case of the virus in Nigeria. The Commissioner said the Italian was responding to treatment and improving daily.
He said: “As of today (Thursday, March 5), he is in a better spirit, he requires some psycho-social support because he was getting depressed being in isolation, and the only person in the ward, and of course very few visitors and his family is not here.
“He has been receiving phone calls because we provided him with a phone with enough airtime and wifi for him to be in touch with his family, friends and the Embassy here, with the Consulate being very supportive.
“We have also provided some psychological support to him, some specialists have been in touch with him.”