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Italian who brought coronavirus to Nigeria now negative – Lagos govt affirms

Valentine Chinyem

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The Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has confirmed the Italian who brought coronavirus to Nigeria now tests negative.

He said this at a press conference on Thursday.

According to him, the Italian will be tested one more time and will be released if he tests negative again.

Coronavirus was first recorded in Nigeria on February 27 when the Italian businessman, who was on a visit to Lafarge Africa Plc, Ewekoro, Ogun State, was diagnosed with the disease and taken to Lagos State.

However, the second patient who contracted the deadly disease through the Italian is said to have also recovered, and will be discharged in the coming days.

Lagos also recorded four more cases today, bringing the total cases in Nigeria to twelve.

The state has since asked religious meetings such as churches and mosques with over 50 members to stop meeting and also informed schools in the state not to resume from Monday 23 March, in its own capacity to curtail further spread of the virus.