Nigeria has recorded ten new cases of coronavirus, with three in the federal capital territory (FCT), Abuja, Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, announced on Saturday.
He said the infection is in three states Lagos, Ekiti, and Ogun, in addition to Abuja.
That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 22.
The three cases in Abuja, two males and one female, all returned from abroad between March 14 and 18, the minister said, noting that one has been in self-isolation, while the other two have not.
The minister added that the 10 new cases are Nigerians, and that nine of them have travel history to Canada, France, The Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom and returned in the past one week, while the tenth case is a close contact of a previously confirmed case.
Ehanire said, “Nigeria has recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19 in Lagos and Abuja.
“That is a total of 22 cases in Nigeria: Lagos, 16; FCT, 3; Ekiti, 1, and Ogun, 2.”
According to him, two of the patients have been discharged, and that “all cases are clinically stable and receiving adequate care”.
One of the recent cases confirmed in Lagos was that of local transmission.
The patient in his 50s did not travel out of the country, but had contact with one of the patients that returned from abroad.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that young people are not immune from coronavirus and must avoid socialising and communicating it to older, more vulnerable people.
The choices made by the young can be “the difference between life and death for someone else”, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on.
Speaking at an online news conference from WHO headquarters in Geneva, Mr Tedros said: “Although older people are hardest hit, younger people are not spared.”
He added: “I have a message for young people: You are not invincible, this virus could put you in hospital for weeks or even kill you. Even if you don’t get sick the choices you make about where you go could be the difference between life and death for someone else.”
Mr Tedros however welcomed developments from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak originated, which reported no new cases on Thursday.
This provided “hope for the rest of the world that even the most severe situation can be turned around,” he said.