Nigeria identifies 100 people who may have been exposed to coronavirus patients

LAGOS: Nigerian authorities have been in contact with about 100 people who may have been exposed to a man who is the first patient with a coronavirus, the Lagos state health commissioner said Sunday.

The man arrived in Milan, the commercial capital, on February 24 from Milan on a flight that had a connection in Istanbul . The next day he traveled to the neighboring state of Ogun and was in the country for almost two full days before being isolated.

When asked in a telephone interview about the number of people with whom the Nigerian authorities had been in contact with who could have had contact with the man, the Lagos State Health Commissioner said: There are about 100 people, but That number increases every minute.

The Italian man, who is being treated at a hospital in the Yaba district of Lagos, works as a seller for the Lafarge Africa Plc cement company in the state of Ogun, in the southwestern United States.

The company issued a statement on Sunday in which it said its cement production lines remained open. He said 39 people who were in direct contact with the man had been quarantined.

The case, which is the first in sub-Saharan Africa, has generated fears that the virus can spread rapidly in a region where health systems are already overloaded with cases of malaria, measles, Ebola and other infectious diseases.