Latest Coronavirus Update For Today, Wed., March 4th 2020

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WHO has declared coronavirus a global health emergency (image courtesy: AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI)

Welcome to the coverage of the latest coronavirus update for today Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, on Concise News.

Nigeria Disease Control Agency Boss Quarantined

The Director-General of Nigeria’s Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Ihekweazu Chikwe, has been quarantined for 14 days due to concerns about coronavirus.

According to the Minister of Health, Dr. Ehanire Osagie, Ihekweazu was placed in isolation because he recently returned from China, a country currently being plagued by the deadly COVID-19 virus.

Ehanire made this revelation known while briefing the Senate on Tuesday about efforts being taken to contain the spread of the deadly disease.

Coronavirus: NCDC Boss Speaks On Being Quarantined

Contrary to reports that he was quarantined,  the Director-General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekewazu, has said he was only on self- isolation and working from home.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, had told the Senate that Ihekweazu was placed on a 14-day quarantine because he recently returned from China, a country plagued by the deadly COVID-19 virus.

The NCDC boss admitted he visited China recently, but said he was not quarantined.

He said: “I was not quarantined. I was part of the delegation of the DG of the WHO to China for research and I have since returned. I am not being quarantined.”

Chinese Man Quarantined In Lagos Tests Negative

The government of Lagos state, southwest Nigeria, Tuesday said the Chinese man quarantined in the state had tested negative for coronavirus.

The Commissioner for Health in the state, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said that the Chinese national, Si Wenqhuan, had arrived in Nigeria on Monday evening with cough.

He said that he was coughing seriously at the Lagos airport and had to be taken into isolation immediately.

Spain Records First Death

Spain has recorded its first coronavirus death, the Reuters news agency reports, citing a Valencian health official.

It was learned that the victim, a man, who died on 13 February, was killed by the virus, according regional health chief Ana Barcelo.

Before the man’s death was made known, Spain’s Health Ministry had announced that several sporting events would be held behind closed doors, while medical conferences will be canceled in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.

23 Iranian MPs Test Positive

Deputy Speaker of Iran’s parliament, Reza Misri, says 23 of his colleagues have tested positive for coronavirus.

Misri disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, according to UK Guardian.

“As of now, 23 members of parliament were tested positive. These people have a close relationship with the people and they carry different viruses from different parts of the country, which may create a new virus, so we recommend the lawmakers to cut off their relationship with the public for now,” he said.

Senegal, Tunisia Confirm Cases

Senegal and Tunisia have confirmed coronavirus cases, making it five countries, including Nigeria, in Africa where the virus infection has been recorded.

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John Andah is a fine-grained journalist. He has been a member of the fourth estate for a decade. He loves the smell of a good lead, and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. John was Senior Assistant Editor at Concise News.

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