An unnamed Nigerian, who had contact with the still yet-to-be-named Italian that tested positive for coronavirus in Lagos, has contracted the disease, minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, said in press conference in Edo state on Monday.
Ehanire however, assured Nigerians that the situation is under control.
He said the patient, who tested positive on March 8, has been in isolation in the last two weeks, is now under quarantine.
Nigeria’s index case of coronavirus flew into the country from Milan and lodged at a hotel close to Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos, before moving to Ewekoro in Ogun state, the next day.
He fell sick on the third day of his stay in the country and tested positive for the disease two days after.
About 39 people, who had direct contact with him were quarantined, as the federal government commenced the search for those who were on board the Turkish Airline flight that brought him to the country.
The Italian is currently receiving treatment at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.