The corona virus pandemic has now spread to 141 out of 195 countries in the world. As at today, there have been 183,821 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, 7,165 lives lost to the virus, 6,506 people in serious condition due to the virus, and 80,032 total recovered patients.
The total number of cases and deaths outside China has overtaken the total number of cases in China.
In Nigeria, the two initial cases discovered were in Lagos and both patients were swiftly isolated, have now recovered and recently discharged. The case first case, which was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, was an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020, while the second case was an individual who had been in contact with the Italian man.
However, the Lagos State Ministry of Health (LSMOH) announced today via twitter today that a third case has now been confirmed in Lagos. According to them, this new case is a 30 year old Nigerian woman, who returned from the UK on 13th March. This case is apparently independent of the index case and she is currently being treated at Mainland general hospital, Yaba, Lagos.
Prior to this, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on sunday, march 15th, 2020, released a statement through their official twitter account, saying the organisation is “aware of the patient in Enugu, suspected to have #COVID19”
They further added that the patient is in isolation, a sample has been collected and results are being expected
At this time it is still unclear how long this pandemic will last, or how far it would spread before a cure is found. However, what we can do as individuals to prevent the virus is:
- Ensure strict personal hygiene by regularly washing our hands and surfaces with disinfectants or alcohol based sanitizers
- Practice social distancing
- Do not panic
- Try to boost our immune system through our diet and regular exercise
- Stay at home if we’re feeling sick
- Call a doctor if you or anyone around you exhibits symptoms of the virus