The Nigerian National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Saturday, March 28; confirmed eight new cases of coronavirus in the country, coronavirus bringing the total to 89.
“As at 04:00 pm 28th March there are 89 confirmed cases of #COVID19 (coronavirus) reported in Nigeria with 1 death,” NCDC tweeted.
8 new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria, 7 in Lagos and 1 in Benue State.
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 28, 2020
Seven of the new cases are in Lagos while the remaining one is in Benue State.
Gov Samuel Ortom of Benue State made the announcement at a press briefing in Makurdi shortly after an emergency meeting of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT), on coronavirus.
Ortom said that the victim, Susan Ukpe; who tested positive to the coronavirus pandemic, was already quarantined at the isolation centre in Benue Teaching Hospital, Makurdi.
Ortom explained that the SERT for COVID-19 discovered her where she was receiving treatment in a hospital in Makurdi and took her sample for a test where the result came positive.
He said that Ukpe was among the eight persons that came back from countries with high prevalence rates of the coronavirus.
He said that her sample was taken along with another suspect, but only hers came out positive.
“The decision to announce her name is to notify people who have come in contact with her to come out for test; or to go for self-isolation for the next 14 days.
“All the staff of the hospital where she was receiving treatment; as well as friends and family members, will be on isolation to prevent possible spread,” he said.
Ortom disclosed that the response team would also carry out contact tracing to ensure that the virus did not spread.
He announced that all major markets in the state would be closed as from Monday, March 30, till further notice; and urged the public to restock their kitchens.
He said that shops would, in the interim, be allowed to operate.
Ortom said he would make a state broadcast on Monday to announce stiffer measures already approved by the government.
According to Ortom, the state may close its borders as from next week.