By Dipo Olowookere
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday night announced the discovery of fresh 14 persons with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.
The agency, in its announcement this night, said the new people who tested positive for the virus are from Lagos and Abuja. It said nine of them were found in Lagos, while the remaining five were from Abuja, the nation’s seat of power.
With the addition on Sunday, the total number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the country has risen to 111 from 97 cases as at Saturday.
“Fourteen new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Nigeria; 9 in Lagos and 5 in FCT.
“As at 09:30pm of March 29, 2020, there are 111 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria with one death,” the NCDC said.
The first case of the virus was reported in Nigeria on February 27, 2020 through an Italian who came into the country for a business transaction in Lagos and Ogun States. He was later taken to Lagos, where he was treated and discharged after testing negative for the virus.
On Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari, during his address to the nation, directed a total lockdown of Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States from March 30, 2020 for 14 days subject to a review. He said this step was taken to stop the spread of the disease in the country.
Some high profile persons in the country have tested positive for the virus, including the Governors of Bauch and Kaduna States. Also, a son of former Vice President, Mr Atiku Abubakar, tested positive as well as a senior aide of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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