Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, has said the state is ready to combat the Coronavirus epidemic, which was detected in the state on Thursday.
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Governor Sanwo-Olu stated this at a press conference at State House, Marina, on Friday while providing an update on the state’s preparedness following the emergence of the deadly disease in the state.
An unnamed Italian man was earlier on Friday mentioned as the first patient of the disease in Nigeria after his test returned positive.
The patient was said to have travelled from the Italian city of Milan to Lagos, where he fell ill.
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Speaking at the press conference, Governor Sanwo-Olu, who is also the Incident Commander of the Lagos Government Response Team on the virus, said he is hopeful that the state can deal with the isolated case recorded so far.
“We are saying that we are ready and we are just hoping that we can, very quickly, put this behind us,” he said.
Also speaking, Professor Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, disclosed that the patient travelled into Lagos via Turkish Airlines on Tuesday.
He said efforts are ongoing to identify all the people the patient could have come in contact with on the flight.
This search, the commissioner added, would be extended to all those he could have come in contact with during his journey from Lagos to Ogun.
Over 80,000 cases of the virus, which emanated from Wuhan in the Chinese province of Hubei, have been recorded in 47 countries, with over 2,000 deaths reported.
See video of Governor Sanwo-Olu speaking on the emergence of Coronavirus in Lagos State below: