Lagosians are currently gripped by fear following the confirmation by the State’s Ministry of Health that indeed it has recorded its first case of COVID-19.
The shocking incident, meanwhile, has been reported to the Federal Ministry of Health as directed by the Minister.
We learnt that the case, which was confirmed on Thursday, February 27, 2020, is the first to be reported in Nigeria since the outbreak in China in January 2020.
The victim, we equally gathered, is an Italian citizen who landed in Nigeria on February 25, from Milan, Italy, for a brief business visit.
He was said to have taken ill on February 26 and was transferred to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing. COVID-19 infection was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, which is part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
The patient is said to be clinically stable, with no serious symptoms and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.
Notwithstanding, panic, fear and anxiety have been literally unleashed on the city which prides itself as the Centre of Excellence ever since the news got out. One Lagosian who spoke to a news reporter on the condition of anonymity lamented that “what we dread most and have been praying against is finally here. I just pray that our government will be able to handle this. But truth be told, we are in trouble. Not just trouble, but a very, very serious one. God forbid, but I see this singular case getting out of hand once it’s not properly handled…”