The first death from Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria has been recorded, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), with cases said to have increased to 36.
The first COVID-19 death case in the country was a 67 year old male who returned following a medical procedure in the United Kingdom (UK). He had underlying medical conditions, which the NCDC said are multiple myeloma and diabetes, and was undergoing chemotherapy.
Meanwhile, the NCDC said there are now 36 new cases of COVID-19 in the country.
“On the 23rd of March 2020, six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded in Nigeria.
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“Till date, thirty-six (36) cases have been confirmed, two cases have been discharged and one death from COVID-19 recorded in Nigeria
“Of the five (6) new cases, one (1) is in Edo State, two (2) are in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and two (3) are in Lagos State.
“The case in Edo State is being treated at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital; cases in the FCT are being treated at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada; and the cases in Lagos State are being treated at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Yaba. All six (6) new cases have mild to moderate symptoms and are currently receiving treatment.
“A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities,” highlights of the pandemic read on the NCDC microsite.