By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Nigerian health officials are reporting the first COVID-19 case in the country in Lagos, a city of some 21 million people.

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The Federal Ministry of Health says the case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020. He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

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The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

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Officials say they have been beefing up our preparedness capabilities since the first confirmation of cases in China, and will use all the resources made available by the government to respond to this case.

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Health officials have already started working to identify all the contacts of the patient, since he entered Nigeria.

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