BREAKING: Nigeria records second coronavirus death
Nigeria has recorded its second coronavirus death as cases in the country rise to 111.
This was confirmed by the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, on Monday.
He made the announcement during the Presidential Task Force Briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja.
Ehanire stated that the fatality was recorded during the weekend.
He said, “As of today, the 30th of March, 2020, we have recorded 111 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria. Of which 68 are in Lagos, 21 in the FCT, seven in Oyo, three in Ogun, two in Bauchi, two in Edo, two in Osun, two in Enugu, and one each in Benue, Ekiti, Kaduna, and the Rivers States.
“The majority of them are persons who came from overseas and the others have been traced as close contacts of such returnees.
“Till date, three persons have been discharged after successful treatment. But sadly, another fatality was recorded over the weekend in the person of a patient who had severe underlying illnesses.
“We have intensified contact tracing and our strategy remains to promptly detect cases, isolate them, and follow up with their contacts and also isolate and treat, in order to reduce the spread of the infection.”
A former Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, Suleiman Achimugu, was the first Nigerian to have died of coronavirus infection.
The 67-year-old engineer, who returned from the United Kingdom, showed symptoms of the virus and died on March 23, 2020.