Reactions as man who drove coronavirus patient debunks claim

February 29, 2020
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Jude, alleged driver who drove Italian with CoronaVirus in Lagos

A man from Edo state, Nigeria, identified as Jude, has come out to refute claims that his name is Adewale and that he has CoronaVirus, which he contracted from the Italian he drove to Ogun state, from Lagos. The man who is from Esan land in Edo said he hasn’t been to Lagos in 2 years and that the news is completely fake. He, therefore, pleaded with the public to disregard the rumor.

Reports made the rounds on Friday after a 44-year-old Italian man was diagnosed with the virus and some news sites released the picture of Jude, stating that he demanded to be paid N100M after escaping and threatening to spread the disease.

Read some reactions on Twitter.

The Italian patient was screened when he arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Tuesday and did not show any symptoms of the virus, according to Nigerian health authorities.

There are 4 diagnostic testing facilities for Coronavirus, ready for Nigeria – One at the National Reference Laboratory in Abuja, another one at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital Lagos, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) Edo State and Redeemer University in Osun State. The patient is currently being quarantined in a Centre for Disease Control in Yaba, Lagos.

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