Nigeria on Red Alert Over Outbreak of Deadly Coronavirus in China

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Currently, Coronavirus is the biggest threat to the continued existence of the human race. The outbreak of the disease in 2020 is believed to have started in the city of Wuhan in China. The city with a population of 11 million people is in lockdown in an attempt to contain the spread of the disease which has so far claimed the lives of 25 people and at least 616 people are reportedly affected as at the time of publishing this report.

All the transport networks of the city of Wuhan: rail, bus, subway and ferries – have been suspended, and residents have been ordered to wear masks in public places and at work as measures to contain the spread of the virus.

The World Health Organisation’s representative in China, Gauden Galea said: “To my knowledge, trying to contain a city of 11 million people is new to science. It has not been tried before as a public health measure. We cannot at this stage say it will or it will not work.

In reaction to China’s Coronavirus outbreak, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) issued a statement on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, stating that the centre is working closely with the WHO to monitor the spread of the disease.

According to the statement, the Federal Ministry of Health had been placed on red alert and had increased screening measures at the nation’s points of entry.

The centre warned travellers from Nigeria to Wuhan, China, to avoid contact with sick people, animals and animal markets.

The statement read in parts: “There is no specific treatment for the disease caused by the novel Coronavirus yet. However, many of the symptoms can be treated. Therefore, treatment is based on the patient’s clinical condition. In addition, supportive care for infected persons can be highly effective.

“NCDC is currently coordinating a multisectoral technical group that is assessing and managing the risk of importation to Nigeria. It is in close communication with the WHO which is monitoring the situation globally. WHO is in direct communication with the government of China and other affected countries, and has released technical and travel guidance.

“Travellers from Wuhan to Nigeria may be asked questions upon arrival by the Port Health Services unit at points of entry about symptoms of illness and travel history, and are advised to report immediately to the NCDC if they fell ill after a trip to Wuhan.”

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus

WebMD says Coronavirus is a kind of common virus that causes an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat.

Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s… They get their name from their crown-like shape. Sometimes, but not often, a Coronavirus can infect both animals and humans.

Most Coronaviruses spread the same way other cold-causing viruses do: through infected people coughing and sneezing, by touching an infected person’s hands or face, or by touching things such as doorknobs that infected people have touched.

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