The first confirmed novel coronavirus case in Nigeria is an Italian citizen who traveled to Lagos, Nigeria’s Health Ministry said in a statement.
The individual works in Nigeria and had returned from Milan to Lagos on February 25, the ministry said.The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos,” the ministry said.
Nigeria, Africa’s largest country by population, is home to more than 200 million people.
Nigerian health officials have started working to identify everyone the patient came into contact with since they arrived in the country and have urged citizens not to panic.
“Citizens must not abuse social media and indulge in spreading misinformation that causes fear and panic,” the statement said.
Nigeria’s government has been strengthening measures “to ensure an outbreak in Nigeria is controlled and contained quickly,” according to the statement.
The country’s first coronavirus case is also the first confirmed case of the virus in Sub-Saharan Africa.