Coronavirus cases in Nigeria now 51 as infection spreads to Rivers

March 26, 2020
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Rivers State has recorded its first case of Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 51, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has disclosed.

The health agency on Wednesday reported five new cases of coronavirus, with two cases each in Abuja and Lagos, and one in Rivers.

The announcement came less than 24 hours after the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said all air, sea and land routes into the state will be closed to traffic at 6p.m. Thursday till further notice.

Mr Wike also banned all vehicular movements in and out of the state, as well as public events such as burials and weddings.

Also, public places such as parks, night clubs and cinemas have been closed.

New cases

The NCDC said out of the five new cases, three are returning travellers into Nigeria and two are close contacts of a confirmed case.

“As at 11:25 pm 25th March, there are, 51 confirmed cases, two discharge and one death,” it wrote on Twitter.

NCDC classified the cases as 48 active cases, two recovered and discharged and one death.

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