The number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria has risen to 40 as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Monday evening confirmed four new cases in the country.
The centre said three of the new cases were in Lagos State and one in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“Two of these cases are returning travellers,” the centre said.
Two of the 40 confirmed cases in Nigeria have been discharged while one death has been recorded .
Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, in his update yesterday in Abuja, urged all health facilities to be on high alert and that states, local governments, law enforcement authorities and community leaders should give full cooperation to investigators.
“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is working closely with the state governments of all affected states to carry out contact tracing. Through intensified contact tracing, we have been able to promptly detect cases,” he said.
The minister said contact tracing was on-going to identify all persons who have been in contact with confirmed cases and that the ministry was working closely with states and the Presidential Task Force on the Control of COVID-19, to review response activities and to institute measures to protect the health of Nigerians.
Asked if the federal government will impose forced isolation, the minister said Nigerians should see self-isolation as a social responsibility.
“We want to depend on the sense of responsibility of citizens,” he said.
He said the federal government had also directed states to co-opt retired doctors and nurses in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.