By Adedapo Adesanya
The Lagos State government has announced four new cases of the coronavirus pandemic in the state, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 12 as at Thursday, March 19.
Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, Mr Akin Abayomi, made this disclosure when he addressed journalists on the new cases at the state secretariat this afternoon.
He said 19 tests were performed on suspected cases and contacts of the five cases announced on Wednesday, out of which four turned positive.
The first positive test is that of a Nigerian female who returned from France via a Turkish airline (TK 1830) on March 14.
Another confirmed case is a Nigerian male in his 50s, who had never travelled anywhere. He tested positive and had since been admitted into a health facility in the metropolis.
Mr Abayomi further told newsmen few hours ago that the third case is a Nigerian male who arrived in Nigeria on March 13, from Frankfurt, Germany on Luftansa flight LH 568.
“What we have is a combination of imported cases and local transmission,” Mr Abayomi said.
He added that the ministry was currently tracking over 1,300 people in relation to COVID-19.
Since Nigeria reported the first case of the virus on February 27, 2020, no one has died from the disease.
The first case was an Italian who came into the country for a business transaction. Weeks after the first case, two others tested positive and one other before four were announced yesterday and another four today.
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