BREAKING: Second person tests positive for coronavirus in Nigeria Updated for 2021


Updated: February 28, 2021

A second person has tested positive for coronavirus in Nigeria, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) announced on Monday, almost two weeks after Africa’s most populous country reported its first confirmed coronavirus case on February 28, 2020.

The second person had contact with an Italian who traveled from Milan to Nigeria’s most populous city of Lagos and tested positive for coronavirus on February 27, NCDC said.

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“This second case is a contact of the index case, in Ogun state. The new case has been in isolation and was tested as part of our strategy to test all contacts of the index case,” NCDC tweeted.

The 44-year old Italian citizen tested positive for COVID-19 in Lagos State. The
case was the first to be reported in Nigeria since the first confirmed case was reported from China.

The Italian and the Nigerian citizen, who remain isolated, had contact in Ogun state, western Nigeria, where the Italian visited a company for business.

On Sunday, NCDC said a total of 26 suspected cases, including three new cases, were identified in five Nigerian states, including Edo, Lagos, Ogun, FCT and Kano, out of which 25 have tested negative and been ruled out, while one (1) was confirmed
positive (index case) with no death. The index case refers to the Italian who tested positive on February 27.

NCDC said a total of 217 contacts were linked to the index case comprising of four contacts at the airport, four at the hotel, 40 at the workplace and 169 from the airline (Table 2).\

“Of the 217, 45 travelled out of Nigeria and 172 are presently in Nigeria. Of the 172 in Nigeria, 69 are in Lagos, 40 in Ogun and 52 are in 10 States (Akwa Ibom, Anambra,
Bayelsa, Cross River, Edo, Imo, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, and Rivers) and 11 in unknown current
location,” NCDC said.

Elsewhere on the continent, there are now at least 46 cases of coronavirus reported in at least 9 African countries. The nine countries are located in western, central, northern and southern Africa.

In Algeria, there were 17 cases of coronavirus infection, 16 of them in the same family. Egypt has reported 15 cases. There were also four people infected in Senegalthree in South Africatwo in Moroccotwo in Cameroon, two in Nigeria, and one each in Tunisia and Togo, according to virus track.

17 Algeria2 Morocco1 Togo
15 Egypt3 South Africa2 Nigeria
4 Senegal2 Cameroon1 Tunisia

A Nigerian also tested positive for coronavirus in the United States, Washington D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser announced at a news conference on Saturday night.


Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on


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