Coronavirus: Minister gives update on co-passengers of Italian patient

Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has said that they are still tracking the 93 passengers, who boarded the same Turkish Airlines flight with the Italian, who became the index patient for coronavirus in the country.

While, speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Friday, Ehanire revealed that 55 of the 148 passengers were being monitored.

The Italian, who identity is still being withheld, arrived in Nigeria one week ago and tested positive for the virus.

He is presently being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos state.

According to Ehanire, “The contacts of the index case are currently under supervised self-isolation and the states have provided them with the temperature tools.

“Of the 148 passengers on the manifest of the index case flight, 55 are actively being followed up.

“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Port Health Services are in touch with them to monitor their temperatures and possible appearance of COVID- 19 symptoms.

“We are tracing out others. I urge any passengers of the Turkish Airlines Flight to Lagos on February 24 listening to me to contact us on 080097000-10.”

The coronavirus, which originated from Wuhan in China, has spread to over 90 countries.


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