JUST IN: 3 Persons Test Positive For Coronavirus In Abuja


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An official of the Federal Inland Revenue Service and two other persons have tested positive for coronavirus in Abuja.

 The Punch reported that the FIRS official was aboard the British Airways flight that came into Nigeria on March 13.

The newspaper quoted an unnamed doctor as confirming the three cases on Saturday, adding that the three patients were moved to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital.

“The bad news is that three samples from the FCT (Federal Capital Territory) suspected cases tested positive for coronavirus. We have got in touch with the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital and we are moving them immediately. We will give more details as soon as possible concerning their flights, contact tracing, and other protocols.

“COVID-19 is in Abuja now. One of the passengers on the British Airways’ flight works with the FIRS and he is among those who tested positive. His wife tested negative. We are hoping that all biometric sign-in at the FIRS headquarters in Wuse Zone 5 stops with immediate effect,” the doctor said.

The Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have yet to make an official announcement.

However, a health ministry official said the three cases were reported on Friday.

He said the ministry would come up with a statement after concluding its own round of tests.

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