The second confirmed coronavirus case in Nigeria has tested negative.
Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), confirmed this development to TheCable on Friday.
With this development, Nigeria now has only one confirmed case of coronavirus who is currently being treated at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.
Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, had on Monday announced that the second case of coronavirus had been confirmed in the country.
The patient was reported to have had “close contact” with the Italian man who is the index patient in Nigeria.
“The newly confirmed case is an Ogun state contact of the index case but he has no significant clinical symptoms. This brings the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to two,” he had said.
“Following recent experiences from other countries and evidence from newly published studies of known symptomatic infections, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) advised that samples be taken from all contacts of the index case for testing. It is in this process that this new case was detected.”
Nigeria’s index case of coronavirus flew into the country from Milan, which has the highest record of the disease in Europe, on February 24.
A total of 39 people who were reported to have had contact with him were quarantined while the federal government commenced the search for those who were aboard the Turkish Airline flight that brought him to the country.