Nigeria reports first Covid-19 death
Nigeria on Monday reported its first death from coronavirus as confirmed cases of infections in Africa's most populous nation climbed further.
"The 1st Covid-19 death in Nigeria has been recorded," the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control wrote on Twitter.
"The case was a 67-year-old male who returned home following medical treatment in UK. He had underlying medical conditions - multiple myeloma & diabetes & was undergoing chemotherapy."
The 1st #COVID19 death in Nigeria has been recorded. The case was a 67 year old male who returned home following medical treatment in UK— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 23, 2020
He had underlying medical conditions- multiple myeloma & diabetes & was undergoing chemotherapy
Our thoughts are with his family pic.twitter.com/A7STOjTQeW
The agency said the confirmed number of infections in Nigeria had now risen to 36, with cases registered in largest city Lagos, the capital Abuja and four other states.
Africa has so far registered lower numbers than the rest of the globe with around 1,500 confirmed cases and 50 deaths - but testing has been patchy.
Nigeria has closed down all international flights for a month and shut schools and restricted gatherings in a string of regions in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.
The country of 190-million people is seen as highly vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases given its weak healthcare system and high population density.
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