The Lagos State Government says it is handling what may be the second Coronavirus case in the country.
Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi who made this known Thursday while giving updates on the Coronavirus control efforts in Lagos said that the suspected case is presently in isolation at the Mainland Hospital.
The Coronavirus suspect who is a Nigerian had stayed in France for 7 days and returned to Lagos about 3 days ago presented with headache and some respiratory symptoms, and because he has been in a country where there is active person to person transmission,the Commissioner said it could be a common cold but there is a possibility that he could test positive.
As the authorities wait for the outcome of the test result, the Commissioner says the Lagos State Government has intensified efforts in search of 2 more persons yet to be identified who were amongst the passengers aboard the Turkish airline on which the index Italian case flew into Nigeria.
Professor Abayomi explained that out of the 15 people who were yet to be identified as at Wednesday, 13 had been identified bringing the number of unidentified passengers who came aboard the flight to Lagos to 2.
The Commissioner had earlier told newsmen on Wednesday that the Turkish Airline boarded by the Lagos index case had 149 passengers on board noting that 15 out of the 80 passengers on the flight who are Lagos based were yet to be identified.
He said the State Government will continue in its search for the yet to be identified persons and will not rest on its oars until everyone on the flight who resides in Lagos is identified.
He noted that the World Health Organisation, WHO is assisting with contact tracing of passengers on the same flight who had left the shores of Nigeria, adding that Lagos State Government is practising very aggressive public health surveillance as a measure to break the circle of transmission of Coronavirus in the State
While responding to questions on the index case who is presently in isolation at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospita, Abayomi said the patient is clinically stable and responding well to treatment.