Lagos State Government on Friday released 179 people on isolation who had contact with the index case, an Italian who brought Coronavirus to Nigeria.
Of the 179 people, 40 were quarantined in Ogun State while the remaining were monitored in Lagos State.
The State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, giving update on Coronavirus situation in the state said initially, 179 contacts with the Italian were traced and that since they had exceeded the mandatory 14 days isolation, they had been let go as none of them developed any symptom of the disease.
Prof Abayomi further said the index case still remained on admission, but noted that “he is perfectly well now, we are only keeping him because he still has some secretion of the virus. Test shows that any time from now, he may be negative. If he is negative, we will conduct another test within 48 hours after and if he is still negative, we will set him free.
Giving update on the Nigerian who was initially tested positive to Coronavirus for being in contact with the index case, the Commissioner said he had now been tested negative twice and might have been released by now.
The commissioner added, “His tests initially showed that he was positive to Coronavirus twice and now, he has tested negative to the virus twice on two consecutive tests carried out. The remaining contact in Ogun and Lagos State remain symptom-free and they have exceeded 14 days surveillance which means that we have been able to interrupt the transmission between the index case and others. The index case and its threat to Nigeria has been eliminated.”
He also said that the four children and their teacher quarantined recently had been discharged as they all tested negative to the virus, as well as another man from the US who was earlier quarantined.
Abayomi expressed optimism, saying we will curtail the outbreak as the state government had sent more health personnel to the airport to assist the Federal medical team.