Italian infected with coronavirus relocated to another facility in Lagos

Italian infected with coronavirus relocated to another facility in Lagos

An Italian who tested positive for the coronavirus in Lagos, the first case in Nigeria, has been relocated for better care. This was disclosed by authorities of the Ministry of Health on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

The Italian, quarantined at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba on Friday; had complained of poor facilities, Lagos Health commissioner Akin Abayomi told journalists.

Subsequently, he was moved to a renovated facility with air-conditioning. The Commissioner revealed that the patient was now comfortable.

“As of this morning, his condition has improved. He hasn’t developed any new symptoms, but he’s still got a mild fever,” he added

Several people from the company where he worked had been contacted. Also, officials were trying to trace other people with whom he might have had contact, Abayomi added.

Meanwhile, a Facebook user identified as Ikwonoebe Jude has debunked claims of being the cab driver; who drove the Italian man confirmed to have coronavirus from Lagos to Ogun State.

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News of infected Italian had sparked panic, fake news

Several media platforms had reported that the man who was diagnosed with the deadly disease; fled from the hospital he was admitted in and also threatened to spread the virus across Nigeria; by taking public transport to various states if his family is not paid N100m.

Jude who however debunked the allegation in a video he shared.

He disclosed that he has not been to Lagos in the past two years. He revealed that he has been with his family in Edo State in the last two days; as he described the report as “fake news”.

Also, the Nigerian government has warned against arbitrary hikes in prices of protective kits and products.

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) said suppliers of protective apparel and hygiene products; including face masks, latex gloves and hand sanitisers were taking undue advantage of the rush.

It urged pharmacies and department stores to stop hoarding the products.

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