NIGERIA HAS CONFIRMED AN ITALIAN MAN AS SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA’S FIRST CORONAVIRUS CASE

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The Nigerian government, through its health ministry, has confirmed the country’s first case of coronavirus.

The case was confirmed on Feb. 27 as an Italian business traveler who arrived in Lagos from Milan on Feb. 25—Nigeria’s densely populated economic capital.  The diagnosis was confirmed at the virology laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

Authorities say the patient is “clinically stable” and is being treated at a dedicated facility for infectious diseases. As part of containment efforts, the health ministry also says it has began working to identify and track down possible contacts of the country’s index case. Nigeria’s minister of health also says the country’s Centre for Disease Control has activated a national emergency operation center to respond to the confirmed case and other potential infections.