Coronavirus cases in Nigeria on Wednesday increased from three to eight fuelling fears of the epidemic of the disease in the country.
This Information was made available to press men by the honourable Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire at a press conference in Abuja.
Speaking, Ehanire said four of the five new cases were in Lagos State, while one was in Ekiti State.
Ehanire said this just as Lagos and Ogun state governments banned gatherings of over 50 people.
In Abuja, on Wednesday, Ehanire said a mother and her six-week-old baby were among the new five confirmed cases.
Ehanire said, “The Federal Ministry of Health, unfortunately, confirms five new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria within the last 36 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to eight.
“Of the five new positive cases, three arrived from the United States, while two came in from the United Kingdom. We are still collating information on the travellers; but we know that two of the three from the US are Nigerians – a mother and child – making the six-week-old baby the youngest COVID-19 patient we have, and the third person is an American national, who crossed the land border and became the first COVID-19 case not arriving by air. The two cases from the UK are Nigerians.