Breaking: Suspected COVID-19 patient isolated in Enugu


A suspected case of COVID-19 infection has been isolated in Enugu.

Giving the update in a tweet, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, stated: “The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control is aware of the patient in Enugu, suspected to have COVID19.

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“This is one of several alerts received daily at the National COVID19 Emergency Operations Centre.

“The patient is in isolation, sample collected and results expected tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, South Africa Saturday, confirmed that the total number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 has climbed to 38.

According to its Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, “Fellow South Africans, as of today, … the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is now 38. This means that our numbers have increased by 14, from last Friday confirmed cases of 24.

“Among the cases is a 76-year-old male who had traveled to U.K. and the U.S. Others include a 38-year-old male who had traveled to the Netherlands and Germany. Some other patients infected with the virus had recently traveled to France, Germany, Brazil and Italy.

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“In view of the raising numbers, President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for an urgent cabinet meeting to be held on Sunday,” said health ministry in a statement, adding “the meeting will explore ways of intensifying the country’s response to this outbreak.”

Also, according to a statement by the government-run National Institute for Communicable Diseases, South Africa has so far conducted over 900 tests, No deaths from the virus have been reported in South Africa.

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The South African government repatriated 146 citizens who have been living in Wuhan, China on Saturday. They are currently being quarantined at a resort in the Northern Limpopo province.

After emerging in Wuhan, China last December, the virus, officially known as COVID-19, has spread to at least 135 countries and territories.

The global death toll is now more than 5,300, with more than 142,000 confirmed cases, according to the World Health Organization, which has declared the outbreak a “global pandemic.”


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