Four new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Lagos by the Lagos Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, during a press conference on Thursday afternoon – bringing Nigeria’s total to 12.
Five fresh cases of coronavirus had been announced by the Federal Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, prompting both the Federal and state governments, including authorities in Lagos, to activate measures to prevent the bug from further spreading.
Confirming the new cases at a press briefing in Abuja, Ehanire had explained that out of the five new cases, three arrived from the United States while two came from the United Kingdom.
He had said, “We are still collating information on the travellers; two out of the three from the US are Nigerian, a mother and a 6-week old baby, which makes it the youngest COVID-19 patient we have.
“The third is an American national, who crossed the land border to become the first COVID-19 case not arriving by air. The two cases from the UK are Nigerians”.
The Federal Government had announced travel restriction on 13 countries and prohibited public officials from embarking on foreign trips. The affected countries from the ban which starts March 21 are the United State of America, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Iran, Switzerland, Norway, Netherland, France, South Korea, Germany, Italy and Spain.
In a related development, the National Assembly has passed a resolution, banning visitors from both the upper and lower legislative chambers, including its premises.