The Nigerian patient of coronavirus in isolation at the plant of Lafarge Cement in Ewekoro, Ogun State has been moved to Lagos, credible sources told The Eagle Online on Monday.
The patient was said to have been in close contact with the index case, an Italian who came into Nigeria to do business with Lafarge Africa Plc.
According to available information, the patient was the only one to have tested positive to the disease out of the about 40 people quarantined on the premises of the cement company since the discovery of the state of health of the Italian.
Sources told The Eagle Online that the patient was moved from Ewekoro in a special ambulance between 5:30pm and 6pm on Monday.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had in the early hours of Monday revealed the discovery of another case of coronavirus in Nigeria.
It was confirmed by the Minister of Health, Dr. Ehanire Osagie.
However, the patient was not moved until evening on Monday.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, confirmed that 40 persons were isolated in Ewekoro, Ogun State due to their contact with the Italian.
Abayomi said the second confirmed case of COVID-19 was a Nigerian and staff of Lafarge Cement in Ewekoro, Ogun State.
Abayomi, during a media briefing on update of the COVID-19 case on Monday in Lagos, said the second patient resides in Ogun State and was among those isolated at Lafarge Plant in Ewekoro.
He said: “We have tested the 40 individuals in isolation in Ewekoro at the Lafarge factory because that is the group that had close contact with the index case.
“Out of the 40, we detected one positive and that individual happens to be spending a lot of time with the index case by the virtue of his job.
“That demonstrates the first transmission for the index case and the good news is that we have the individual under surveillance.
“So that significantly minimises the chance of transmission to a large number of people.”
The virus was brought into the country by an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria on February 25 from Milan, Italy for a brief business visit.
The index case was confirmed on February 27, and is presently being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.
Ehanire had on March 9 confirmed the second case of COVID-19 in the country, saying the patient had contact with the index case.