Some infected returnee Nigerians are hiding — Minister

Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, says some persons who have contracted coronavirus are hiding.
 People who recently returned from foreign travels to Nigeria have been urged to observe the compulsory self-isolation for 14 days as part of the government’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, at the national press briefing on the pandemic, on Monday, in Abuja said this has become pertinent as most of the confirmed cases of the virus in the country are from recently returned travellers.
While confirming the number of cases reported in the country so far, Mr Ehanire said a higher percentage of the cases are imported.

Enahire said the closure of the airports for international flights will stop the record of fresh cases in the country.
“In less than 48 hours, the Italian who came to Nigeria (index case) was identified. The contacts we found from him were 179. They were all traced and monitored. Out of the 179, one was positive and put in isolation with the Italian. Both were cured and discharged,” he said.
“If other cases had not come to Nigeria, that would have been the end of COVID19 in Nigeria. But other cases came in that were not part of the first one. That is why we are saying that you do not compare what we have now with what we have in China or Italy.
“If we do not act fast, we could be heading in something dangerous like that (in China and Italy). They now transmit among themselves.
“We have to get those who have been infected now. If we don’t, it may be a serious burden in the system. I am sure some are hiding, they will not report for whatever reason. Nobody will be arrested or asked to pay anything.

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