FG confirms 5 new cases of COVID-19

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The Federal Ministry of health announced 5 new cases of Coronavirus in the country on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to eight.

The ministry disclosed that the 3 arrived from the United States, while 2 came in from the United Kingdom.

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed that the 2 cases from the UK are Nigerians while the 3 from America are an American national and a Nigerian mother with her 6 week old child, making the baby the youngest COVID-19 patient in the country.

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 National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and supported by partners, is supporting response in the states.

“The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Health is conducting a risk assessment to help guide decision making.

“We urge citizens not to panic but allow experts in public health to guide response in a calculated, scientific manner. False information and rumour to cause fear and panic must be avoided at such times.

“The COVID-19 cases so far appear to have mild symptoms and are in recovery”.

The NCDC urged Nigerians not to panic but allow the experts in the health sector to do their job to combat the virus and they advised Nigerians to do their part in preventing further spread of the virus by constantly washing their hands and partaking in social distancing.

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