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Nigeria Records Third Case of Coronavirus

Suspends National Sports Festival

Nigeria Records Third Case of Coronavirus


Nigeria Records Third Case of COVID-19

5,000 deaths so far recorded globally – WHO

Authorities in Nigeria have confirmed another case of Coronavirus infection.

This brings the number of COVID-19 cases in the country to three.

Authorities said the third case is a middle aged lady who arrived from the United Kingdom on the 13th of March.

The Lagos State commissioner of health, professor Akin Abayomi who disclosed the latest case while briefing journalists in Lagos state, Nigeria’s commercial capital.

Professor Abayomi said the patient is now in isolation and receiving care at Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba.

The Lagos state government said it has also commenced the contact tracing of all passengers and all those who might have come in contact with her.

The Ban on National Sports Festival

Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has postponed its proposed National Sports Festival codenamed EDO 2020.

The decision according to the spokesman to the Minister of Youth and Sports, John Joshua Akanji was reached at an inter-ministerial meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The House of Representatives Debate

On Monday, members of the House of Representatives, Nigeria’s lower legislative arm had debated on the postponement of the national festival which was scheduled to hold next week in South-south Edo state.

The lawmakers had argued that the postponement was necessary in view of the outbreak of Coronavirus.

According to the lawmakers, the resolution to suspend the sports festival is in line with the WHO recommendation of social distancing and maintaining at least 3 feet between persons.


A. S. Agamah is a journalist and has been practicing in Nigeria for about a decade. His interest cuts across politics, economics, health, sociocultural issues and community reporting.

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