Nigeria now has twelve confirmed cases of the deadly Coronavirus, the Commissioner for Health confirmed four new case at a news briefing on Thursday.
The federal government had on Wednesday announced five new cases of coronavirus disease in the country, in addition to the existing three cases.
This comes barely one day after the Federal Ministry of Health confirmed five new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, confirming the news at a press briefing on Wednesday in Abuja, explained that out of the five new cases, three arrived from the United States while two came from the United Kingdom.
“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 Minister noted that a detailed travel history of each person is being compiled and contacts currently being traced, to identify persons who have recently been in contact with anyone.
The Lagos State Ministry of Health said four new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the case.
This brings to 12 the total number of coronavirus cases in Nigeria, although one of the victims has fully recovered.
The Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, addressed journalists on the new cases on Thursday at the state secretariat.
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.
Mr Abayomi said 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 is currently tracking over 1,300 people in relation to Covid-19.