The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed that a six weeks old newborn baby is among one of the five recent cases of deadly Wuhan virus, coronavirus recorded in Nigeria.
index cases, Nigeria’s health minister said on Wednesday.
The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire made this known while briefing journalists on Wednesday in Abuja.
Ehanire disclosed that the baby along with the mother tested positive for the virus.
Out of the five new cases, three arrived from the United States, while two came in from the United Kingdom.
Ehanire disclosed that the two cases from the UK are Nigerians. He said the American national among the new cases, is a motorcyclist who crossed into Nigeria through a land border.
“They were actually two but one tested negative,” Ehanire said.
Ehanire said the government is collating information on the travellers with a detailed travel history of each person being compiled and contacts currently being traced, to identify persons who have recently been in contact with the index cases.
With 8 cases confirmed in Nigeria in total, the six weeks old baby is the youngest coronavirus patient in Nigeria since the first confirmed case on Thursday, February 28 2020.