Four new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Lagos State.
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, made this known during a press conference on Thursday.
Recall that the Federal Ministry of Health had on Wednesday, announced five new cases of the COVID-19
The new cases bring the total number of confirmed coronavirus patients in Nigeria to twelve (12).
Speaking on Thursday, Prof Abayomi said the state government had immediately commenced contact tracing of 1,300 people.
He said that 19 people were tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday, with four out of them testing positive to the virus.
According to him, the patients have been isolated for treatment at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba.
”One of the four new cases is a woman who had contact with the Nigerian woman who returned from UK and currently receiving treatment for testing positive.
“The second new case is a female who returned from France on March 14 on a Turkish Airline TK 1830,” the commissioner said.
”The third case is a Nigerian male in his 50s who had not travelled anywhere but tested positive to the virus.
Abayomi added that the fourth new case is a Nigerian male who arrived in Lagos from Frankfurt on Lufthansa Airline flight number LH568 on March 13.
He said that more tests were still ongoing with some suspected cases while appealing to passengers on the two flights to self-isolate themselves and contact the government.
The commissioner noted that the state government had commenced intensive contact tracing of over 1, 300 people to get information, monitor their health status, adding that the number of contacts was increasing.
“It is clear that we have combination of imported cases and local transmission. The Executive of Lagos State is meeting on the next stage on social distancing.
“The best way to slow the rate is to halt movement of the virus from person to person,” Abayomi said.