Coronavirus: 2 Europeans, 1 Indian and 2 Chinese Nationals quarantined in Cross River
The Cross River State government has announced that about five foreigners who came into the state from Lagos on Friday February 28, are being observed for symptoms of coronavirus.
The state’s commissioner for health, Dr.Beta Edu confirmed the development and also disclosed that two of the foreigners are from Europe, one from India and two from China.
So far, none of the persons under observation have shown symptoms of the deadly disease as the quarantine is done in good faith as precautionary measures.
Dr Beta said:
“We profiled five foreigners who came in from locations that have recorded the virus and they came in through Lagos that morning (Friday).
“We got their biodata and asked them to self-isolate. And of course we gave them the thermometer and got their contacts. We have been following up with them.
“None of them has shown any symptoms so far. Two of the foreigners are from Europe, one from India and two from China. Our isolation centre is ready and protocols have been sent to all health workers.
“Special protective equipment has been sent to all health workers, the army, paramilitary agencies and private practitioners across the state.”
The index case of coronavirus is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020. He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.
It is worthy of note that the 3 Chinese nationals which yours sincerely, the Nigerian Health Blog reported to be quarantined over fears of COVID- 19 in Wase Local government of Plateau state yesterday have tested negative for coronavirus.