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UPDATE OF CORONA VIRUS IN NIGERIA:

By Chiemezie Ezeani

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February 16, 2020

Five China Travellers Test Negative For COVID-19 In Nigeria – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Saturday said five returning travellers from China into the country have tested negative for the novel Coronavirus, Covid19. In a tweet, the agency said its protocol is to test all returning travellers from China with symptoms. The NCDC has reiterated that there is yet no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the country and urged Nigerians to disregard and discourage unfounded rumours.

the agency advised that any person that has returned from China within the last 14 days should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people.

On Friday, 14th February 2020, Egypt confirmed the first Coronavirus case in Africa.

The virus originated late last year in China, where it has since infected more than 66,000 people and killed more than 1,500. Three deaths from the virus have so far been recorded outside mainland China — in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan. The first death outside Asia was confirmed by France on Saturday.

BACKGROUND

CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization named the disease coronavirus disease 2019 (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

Chinese health officials have reported tens of thousands of cases of COVID-19 in China, with the virus reportedly spreading from person-to-person in parts of that country. COVID-19 illnesses, most of them associated with travel from Wuhan, also are being reported in a growing number of international locations, including the United States. Some person-to-person spread of this virus outside China has been detected. The United States reported the first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread with this virus on January 30, 2020.

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19. Also on January 31, the President of the United States signed a presidential “Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirusexternal icon.” These measures were announced at a press briefing by members of the President’s Coronavirus Task Forceexternal icon.

WHAT IS THE 2019 NCOV  (COVID-19) CORONAVIRUS?

I’m sure we’ve all read about the coronavirus online, it’s hard to miss the stories in the media, but what is it all about? I’m no scientist, so I’ll use the words of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to help explain.

“The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and people.”

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERSSARS, and now with this new virus (named SARS-COV2).

SYMPTOMS OF THE CORONAVIRUS

The 2019 nCoV coronavirus (Covid-19), as with SARS and MERS, is a respiratory infection that has a wide range of symptoms. The most extreme of which can result in death. Most people, however, have little to no symptoms.

Common symptoms of the (Covid-19) coronavirus can include:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breathing difficulties

More severe symptoms can include:

  • Pneumonia
  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome
  • Kidney failure
  • Death

Symptoms can appear between 2-14 days after exposure.

Locations with Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau
  • Taiwan
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Egypt
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • The Republic of Korea
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Vietnam
Chiemezie Ezeani

Chiemezie Ezeani

Passionate about change, economic growth & social development. Ezeani Chiemezie is the founder and Executive Director of LIFT4Africa. A sport lover with the philosophy the we can!

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