Coronavirus: FG Searches For Passengers On Aircraft With Italian Patient, Phone Numbers Unreachable

The Federal Government, is still trying to trace most of the 155 passengers on board the Aircraft that brought to Nigeria, the Italian confirmed with the coronavirus, Covid-19.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, made the disclosure while briefing Newsmen, in Abuja.

He said that 156 Passengers were on the manifest of the flight that brought the Italian to Nigerian.

The Minister stated that some of the passengers on board the aircraft that brought the Italian are yet to be traced, because of the ambiguity of the contact information they provided.

His words: “We cannot give a fixed figure on the contact tracing, because it is a continuing process.

“But the only one we know for sure is the 156 passengers who were on the aircraft with him (the Italian), and those ones are being tracked, and we have been talking to them, and we are getting cooperation.

“There have been a few challenges. Some people gave telephone numbers that did not work, or (when called) said switched off. There are some who probably do not have telephones, or some who are new arrivals in Nigeria.

“They are not yet registered with any telephone company, but there are ways in which they can be found out. Some have probably left the country, if they were to be here for a day or two”, he said.

Ehanire maintained that since the confirmation of the first case of the disease, the government has been focusing on containment, including contact tracing, to check further spread.

He disclosed that as at yesterday, there was no new confirmed case recorded in Nigeria.

“About 14 tests have been done, and except that confirmed case, no other person has been confirmed with the disease”, he said.

The Minister stated that currently, the contacts of the index case traced were 19 in Lagos, and 39 in Ogun State.

He further revealed that workers in the hotel where the index case stayed, have been interviewed and isolated, and that the taxi Driver who drove the suspect, has been identified, and is under supervision.

The Minister added that the Airline that brought the victim had been advised to also put their crew under observation.

“The room he (the Italian) stayed in has been decontaminated, fumigated, (and) even the taxi he used has also been treated”, he said.

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