The Lagos and Ogun state governments have identified at least 100 persons who had contact with the first coronavirus patient in Nigeria.
After placing the 44-year-old Italian and 39 others in quarantines centers across the two states, other contacts are being followed up as a precautionary measure against the spread of the virus in the states and the country at large.
He was said to have fallen ill, after which he tested positive for the virus. He was thereafter taken to the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.
The authorities have however said the patient was clinically stable. The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, added that he had no signs of respiratory symptoms which could make his infection contagious.
Abayomi also said over 100 contacts with the Coronavirus index case had been identified and followed up.
“By Saturday, his symptoms had subsided. He hasn’t developed any respiratory symptoms and we are quite happy about that because if he has respiratory symptoms like coughing and sneezing, which makes the disease more contagious,” Abayomi said, adding that the 100 persons the Italian had contact with were being jointly monitored by Lagos and Ogun states.”
He had earlier said the authorities had identified the hotel room where the Italian patient lodged on Monday night and they been there to decontaminate the room and the entire hotel.