Two new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in the country, bringing the total number of cases to 42.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced the latest figure in a tweet on Tuesday, hours after four cases were confirmed.
It revealed that the recently confirmed two cases were discovered in Lagos and Ogun States.
The health agency explained that one of the cases was a returning traveller while the second case was a contact of a previously confirmed case.
It stressed that as of 1:00pm on March 24 in Nigeria, there are 42 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Of the cases, 39 are active and two have been discharged with one death recorded in the country.
2 new cases of #COVID19have been confirmed in Nigeria. 1 is in Lagos State & 1 in Ogun
One case is a returning traveler. The second case is contact of a previously confirmed case
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 24, 2020
Meanwhile, the Lagos State government says all participants at the African Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCA) are most likely to have been exposed to coronavirus.
The Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, Professor Akin Abayomi, announced this in a tweet on Tuesday.
He explained that the participants may have come in contact with one of the confirmed cases in Lagos at the hotel where the event held on March 14.
Abayomi, however, asked them not to panic but observe strict self-isolation in order to prevent possible further spread of the disease.
He also appealed to the participants to call the state government’s tollfree line – 08000corona – if they notice any of the COVID-19 related symptoms.
The commissioner urged residents of the state to play their part in the efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus by practicing social distancing.
Attendees at the said event are therefo advised to:
1️⃣observe strict self- isolation.
2️⃣ call our #TollFree line 08000corona if they notice any of the #COVID19 related symptoms
3️⃣ Let’s #TakeResponsibilityby practicing #SocialDistancing to prevent the spread of the virus.
— Prof. Akin Abayomi (@ProfAkinAbayomi) March 24, 2020