Coronavirus: Another foreigner tests negative in Lagos

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The Lagos State Ministry of Health has confirmed that another foreign national has tested negative to coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

The Commissioner of Health in the state, Akin Abayomi, said this while giving a routine update on the outbreak and how the state is handling the novel disease.

The foreigner is a Chinese man who arrived Lagos on Tuesday through an Ethiopian Airline.

Abayomi said the suspected patient was taken into isolation after exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus.

“Samples were collected from the patient and the test which turned out negative was carried out at  the Lagos State Bio-security Level 3 laboratory located within the premises of the Mainland Hospital.”

Abayomi assured that the state is in control of the situation and not relenting in the fight against the likely spread of the infection.

“The state government through the Ministry of Health will not take chances at the slightest suspicion of the disease, surveillance teams have been placed on high alert for this purpose,” the commissioner said.

Abayomi said the Italian national who tested positive to COVID-19 is responding favourably to treatment and has not developed major complications.

“The patient will remain at the Mainland Hospital for management until it is ascertained that he no longer secretes the virus,” he said.

The commissioner added that three tests have been carried out on the Italian and that the fourth test would be conducted on Wednesday to ascertain his status.

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