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Nigeria records first Coronavirus death as cases rise to 35

According to the NCDC, the new cases include two in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), two in Lagos state and one in Edo state.


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Coronavirus continues to spread across the world

The rampaging coronavirus disease has claimed its first victim in Nigeria, even as the total number of confirmed cases Nigeria rose to 35 on Monday morning.

According to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control,  NCDC which announced the first casualty on Twitter, "the case was a 67-year-old male who returned home following medical treatment in the UK."

“He had underlying medical conditions- multiple myeloma & diabetes & was undergoing chemotherapy,” it added.

The deceased, Suleiman Achimugu, was a former managing director of Pipelines and Product Marketing Company.

The family in a press statement said: “He died of COVID 19 on 22/03/2020 some days after he arrived in Nigeria from the UK.”

The 1st #COVID19 death in Nigeria has been recorded. The case was a 67 year old male who returned home following medical treatment in UK

He had underlying medical conditions- multiple myeloma & diabetes & was undergoing chemotherapy

Our thoughts are with his family
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— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 23, 2020

“He was in self-isolation upon his return from the UK and personally called NCDC after experiencing some discomfort that is related to COVID 19 symptoms,” the family spokesman Abubakar Achimugu said in the statement.

“He tested positive and was promptly evacuated to the specialist hospital. He died while receiving treatment,” the statement added.

The number jumped from 30 to 35 on Monday morning after NCDC confirmed five new cases around 9:40 am.

According to the NCDC, the new cases include two in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), two in Lagos state and one in Edo state.

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Two of the cases were also confirmed to be returning travellers from the United Kingdom.

The latest development also means Lagos now has 24, FCT – 6, Ogun- 2, Ekiti- 1, Oyo- 1, Edo- 1.

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