Nigeria has revealed a six-weeks old baby and four others have tested positive to the novel deadly coronavirus.
This was announced in a tweet by the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, Tolu Ogunlesi, on Wednesday, March 18, barely twenty-four hours after the third case was reported.
According to Mr Ogunlesi, three of the people arrived from the US; two of them Nigerians, a mother and her 6-week old baby while two arrived from the UK.
He added four of it were reported in Lagos while the fifth case is in Ekiti state, arguably the first case of the virus in the southwest state.
This comes after the country was declared coronavirus free after all of its two cases now test negative.
The second patient with confirmed case of coronavirus in Nigeria no longer had the virus in his system, according to officials.
Meanwhile, the country has announed travel bans expected to take effect March 2020 amid suspension of Visa on Arrival until further notice.
Read the tweets below:
Minister of @Fmohnigeria, @DrEOEhanire:— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) March 18, 2020
5 new cases of #Coronavirus in Nigeria:
4 of them Nigerians (one a 6-week old baby – youngest victim so far), fifth one a foreign national who came in through the land border — the first case of infection via land border in Nigeria.
To clarify, the Travel Restrictions announced by #PTFCOVID19, and outlined in this thread will take effect at midnight on Friday March 20, 2020. (ie the midnight between Friday and Saturday). #CoronaVirus— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) March 18, 2020