Nigeria is trying to hint as many as 4370 individuals who could have contacts with coronavirus sufferers within the nation.
“We have 4,370 people of interest whom we are tracing,” Nigeria’s Information Minister Lai Mohammed stated at a press briefing on Thursday.
“We urge those who have had contact with suspected cases to immediately report to the authorities. We urge Nigerians to support the authorities in this regard,” he added.
Mohammed stated the nation may quickly see an “exponential” enhance in coronavirus infections until contacts of confirmed instances are tracked down faster.
This is coming weeks after Nigeria had the primary case of the virus. The nation has since introduced 50 different instances in eight states and capital metropolis Abuja.
Two of the sufferers have totally recovered and discharged. Six extra have totally recovered and might be discharged on Friday, in response to Lagos State Government. One demise has been recorded to this point.
Nigeria is likely one of the African nations which have the fewest instances of coronavirus, therefore, there are worries that authorities is probably not testing sufficient folks.
The nation’s illness management company, just like the United States and the United Kingdom, has adopted a technique of limiting assessments to solely folks already displaying signs of the illness or have are available in contact with confirmed instances.
But compared to these nations, Nigeria’s take a look at numbers are far decrease. The US had carried out 370,000 assessments in response to Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator on Wednesday. Officials are mum on the variety of folks examined to this point in Nigeria.
Nevertheless, the authorities within the nation have put in place a number of measures to cease the unfold of the virus. In reality,the data minister stated Nigerians ought to anticipate extra in days to come back, a pointer that the nation is perhaps shutdown.
The authorities positioned journey restriction on 15 nations with a excessive prevalence of the virus. The authorities additionally suspended its visa on arrival coverage on the identical day.
All worldwide flights have additionally been barred from all Nigeria airports.
The authorities have additionally suggested residents to remain at residence because the world tackles the pandemic.
All colleges and tertiary establishments within the nation have additionally been shut for a month.