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Suspected cases of Coronavirus tested negative-NCDC

ByBasirat Memudu

Feb 27, 2020 #NCDC

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control -NCDC says result of the 11 suspected cases of Coronavirus -COVID-19 tested in Nigeria is negative.

The Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria -NAN in Abuja.

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu reassured Nigerians of their safety against COVID-19, following rumour of a confirmed case in Lagos.

He said the tests were conducted by the NCDC National Reference Laboratory and Virology Laboratory at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

The Director General pointed out that the NCDC would continue to closely monitor the outbreak globally

He explained that when a high-risk traveler with symptoms arrive the country, he/ she would be taken from the airport to an isolation centre and samples would be collected immediately for testing.

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu described a high-risk traveller as someone who has had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case or was travelling from China, particularly Wuhan.

He disclosed that NCDC in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency -NOA reviewed strategies to work together in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT to ensure that Nigerians are well informed.

The Director General added that with the support of World Health Organisation -WHO, NCDC would carry out a two-day simulation exercise to assess its capacity to respond in the event of an outbreak.